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Cinema halls to operate at 50% capacity from Oct 15 across India except Maharashtra

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Further relaxing COVID-19 restrictions, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday announced a detailed guidelines for Unlock 5, effective from October 1. As part of the guidelines, Cinema halls/theatres/multiplexes will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity across India. Maharashtra Government, however, has decided to keep cinema halls and schools shut till October 31. Maharashtra Government has further hotels, restaurants and bars to operate at 50% capacity. 

Here are Unlock 5? guidelines issued by MHA:

? Minding the current situation, the home ministry has allowed States and Union Territories to take their decision over reopening of schools from October 15. 
? Students, however will be given the option for attending online classes where schools will not enforce attendance. 
? Students will only be allowed to attend schools/learning institution with the written consent of parents. 
? A call on re-opening of higher education institutions is to be taken by Ministry of Education based on assessment of the situation with no particular date set out in the guidelines issued by the home ministry.
? Keeping local requirements in view, states /UTs will prepare their own SOP regarding health and safety precautions for reopening of schools/ institutions based on the SOP to be issued by Department of School Education and Literacy (DoSEL), Ministry of Education, Government of India.
? Schools, which are granted permission to re-open, will have to mandatorily follow the SOP to be issued by Education Departments of States/ UTs.
? Cinemas and multiplexes will be granted permission to operate with 50 per cent capacity from October 15, for which, SOP will be issued by Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.
? Business to Business (B2B) Exhibitions will be granted permission to re-open, for which, SOP will be issued by the Department of Commerce.
? Swimming pools used for training purposes of sportspersons will also be permitted to re-open under the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) issued by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports (MoYA&S).
? Entertainment parks and others similar to them will be granted permission to re-open for which, the SOP will be issued by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW).
? Social, academic, sports, entertainment, cultural, religious and political functions will be allowed to take place after October 15 with a ceiling of 200 persons in closed spaces, subject to a maximum of 50 per cent of the hall capacity. 
? Citizens may be allowed to make use of public spaces, depending upon the size of the ground. In any such situation, following government issued COVID-19 guidelines like wearing a face mask, practising social distancing, keeping provision of thermal scanning and regular use of hand wash and sanitiser will be mandatory. Hence to ensure, such gatherings do not spread COVID-19, states/UT government will be required to issues SOPs and strictly enforce them. 
? International air travel of passengers will continue to operate as permitted by MHA.
? Containment zones however shall remain demarcated by the district authorities at lower level after taking into consideration the guidelines placed by the MoHFW and lockdown henceforth will remain in force until October 31.

The state or UT governments shall not impose any local lockdowns outside such zones without prior nod from the Ministry. There are no restrictions on inter- and intra-state movement either.

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