Unlock-5 Guideline Announced

By | September 30, 2020

Unlock-5 guideline announced: Cinema halls and multiplexes will open from October 15; A swimming pool will also be opened for the training of the players
New Delhi an hour ago

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), on September 30, announced the Unlock 5.0 guidelines, further relaxing curbs on activities outside of containment zones.

The MHA said on September 30 that the new guidelines (issued under unlock 5) are based on feedback received from States and UTs, and extensive consultations held with related Central Ministries and Departments”.

However, Maharashtra government announced its Mission Begin Again guidelines and said cinemas will remain prohibited in the state till October 30, 2020.

The state government allowed restaurants and bars to open but with only 50 percent capacity.

What will be allowed under unlock 5.0:

The activities that will be permitted from October 15, 2020, in areas outside of containment zones are:

Cinemas, theatres, and multiplexes will be allowed to operate with up to 50 percent of their seating capacity, for which separate SOPs will be issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

Business to Business (B2B) exhibitions will now be permitted to open, for which SOPs will be issued by the Department of Commerce.

Swimming pools being used for training of sportspersons will be allowed to open and the SOPs for the same will be issued by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

Entertainment parks and similar places will be permitted to open and the SOPs for it will be issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

States and UTs have been given a free hand to decide after October 15, 2020, if they wish to re-open schools and coaching institutions in a graded manner. The decision shall be taken in consultation with the respective school/institution management, based on their assessment of the situation. However, online/ distance learning will continue to be the preferred mode of teaching and shall be encouraged. Students who wish to attend school will have to get written consent of parents. Attendance will not be enforced on students.

Respective states, UTs will prepare their own SOPs regarding health and safety precautions for reopening of schools/ institutions based on the SOP that will be issued by the Department of School Education and Literacy (DoSEL), Ministry of Education, and the Government of India.

The Department of Higher Education (DHE) along with the Ministry of Education may take a decision on the timing of the opening of Colleges and Higher Education Institutions, in consultation with Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

Higher Education Institutions only for research scholars (PhD) and post-graduate students in science and technology stream requiring laboratory/ experimental works will be permitted to open from October 15.

For social, academic, sports, entertainment, cultural, religious, political functions, and other congregations, states and UTs have been given the flexibility to permit gatherings beyond the limit of 100 persons outside Containment Zones after October 15.

In closed spaces a maximum of 50 percent of the hall capacity will be allowed, with a ceiling of 200 persons.

What will continue to be banned under unlock 5.0

International air travel will not be allowed except as permitted by the MHA.

Entertainment parks and similar places will remain closed.

In containment zones only essential activities will be allowed.

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The state government will be able to decide on starting school-college, coaching classes
The student cannot be forced to come to school after school starts
Tight enforcement of lockdown in containment zone issued till October 31


The central government today (Wednesday) unveiled the guidelines for Unlock 5. Cinemas, theaters and multiplexes with 50% capacity will be open from October 15.

This will be implemented after October 15

Cinema-multiplex-theaters can be started with 50% seating capacity
Business Exhibition (B2B) will be allowed subject to the conditions of the Ministry of Commerce.
Swimming pool will be opened only for training of sportspersons.
Amusement parks and similar places will be allowed to open.
The state government is free to decide on starting school-college-coaching classes.
Still recommended to give first preference to online / distance learning only.

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Students who want to take online education should not be forced to attend school even after the schools open.
Only after the written approval of the parents will the student be able to go to school / coaching classes.
No compulsion can be made for attendance, it will depend entirely on the consent of the guardian.
Schools will have to strictly follow the SOP of the education department even after opening.
The decision to reopen colleges / institutions of higher learning will also be taken in this manner.
Approval of Lab / Experiment after 15th in higher education institutions like PhD-Postgraduate.
The State / UT may decide on the attendance of more than 100 persons at social / educational / entertainment / cultural / religious / political gatherings and meetings outside the containment zone.
A maximum of 50% of the seating capacity and a maximum of 200 people will be allowed in the closed hall. The use of mask-social distance-thermal screening-hand sanitizer will be mandatory.
Prohibited international travel on a commercial basis.
Amusement parks and places like that will be closed.


Strict enforcement of lockdown in containment zone issued till 31st October.
State governments cannot implement any lockdown outside the containment zone.
No restrictions on interstate and inland transport.

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