Union Ministry of Home Affairs is set to issue Unlock 5.0 guidelines
Union Ministry of Home Affairs is ready to provide with Unlock 5.0 guidelines before October 1 and people are keen for it since it marks the beginning of the festive season in India. Several restrictions have been eased in different phases of ‘Unlock’ since June.
Relaxation that were allowed in Unlock 4.0
Unlock 4.0 phase allowed metro trains to resume services from September 7 and permitted gathering of up to 100 people in political, social, and religious agendas. The government had also allowed students of Class 9 to 12 to come to schools on a voluntary basis. The guidelines also stated that states could not impose lockdown outside containment zones without the Centre’s permission
What to expect in Unlock 5.0 guidelines?
More economic activities may be allowed from October 1, keeping in mind the rule of social distancing. Restaurants, gyms, malls, and salons have already resumed service since September 1. In a virtual meeting with the chief ministers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked to reassess containment zones and lockdowns in a way that constraints the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. He stated that because of this, economic activities should not face any problems.
During Unlock 4.0, only open-air theatres were allowed to resume operations from September 21. However, during August, Information and broadcasting ministry secretary Amit Khare had given the home ministry a sitting arrangement plan for the movie theatres. According to this idea, alternate seats in the first row and the next row were to be kept vacant so as to maintain social distancing.
West Bengal, in the meantime, has become the first state to announce the restart of cinema halls, all musical, dance, recital and magic shows from October 1, with up to 50 participants or less than that.
Unlock 4.0 has already allowed students of Class 9 to 12 to come to school on a voluntary basis. Primary classes, however, will not re-open and will continue the online mode of education. Universities and colleges have started taking admission tests and the new academic year may begin via online classes.
The tourism sector, which has faced the maximum loss during the lockdown will finally open its doors to travelers. A few days back, the Uttarakhand government allowed the tourist entry to the state without any coronavirus negative report or institutional quarantine rules.
The Sikkim government has decided to allow hotels, home-stays, and other tourism-related services to resume its operations from October 10. The state has also decided to open its border with West Bengal for unrestricted movement of vehicles from October 1. Kerala tourism may also reopen in October.