Tribune News Service
New Delhi, September 30
The government on Wednesday issued fresh guidelines for re-opening of certain more activities in areas outside the containment zones, which include schools and other educational institutions with greater flexibility, cinema halls and multiplexes with half of their capacity and swimming pools for the purpose of training of sportspersons.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) while issuing the guidelines said these will come into effect from October 1, 2020 and are based on feedback received from states and Union Territories (UTs), and extensive consultations held with related Central ministries and departments.
It, however, said, strict enforcement of lockdown in containment zones would continue till October 31, 2020 and the national directives for COVID-19 management “shall continue to be followed throughout the country”, for which the MHA would monitor their effective implementation.
The MHA in its guidelines said, “For re-opening of schools, colleges and coaching institutions, state/UT governments have been given the flexibility to take a decision after October 15, 2020, in a graded manner. The decision shall be taken in consultation with the respective school/institution management, based on their assessment of the situation, and subject to conditions specified by the state authorities.”
It, however, said, “Online/distance learning shall continue to be the preferred mode of teaching and shall be encouraged and students may attend schools/institutions only with the written consent of parents.”