The Union government on Wednesday released the guidelines for Unlock 3 to be implemented from August 1. Under Unlock 3, the central government has removed night curfew which restricted the movement of individuals at night.
Yoga institutes, gyms to open from August 5
In the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Yoga institutes and gyms have been permitted to resume operations from August 5. The ministry has clarified that a standard operating procedure (SOP) will be issued by the health ministry in this regard. The SOP will contain information on how to maintain social distancing to contain spread of the virus.
Notably, after the government’s nod to gyms, many people have raised questions about safety of gym users in an air-conditioned environment with everyone breathing heavily while exercising.
Independence Day celebration allowed
The home ministry has also clarified that Independence Day celebrations will be allowed. However, people will have to follow physical distancing and wearing of face masks will be mandatory. Also, the guidelines issued by MHA in this regard will have to be followed.
Schools, colleges, coaching institutes to stay shut
MHA in its guidelines has clarified that schools, colleges, and coaching institutions will remain closed till August 31, 2020.
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The home ministry clarified that the decision was taken after extensive consultations with state governments and union territories.
Metro rail, cinema halls to stay closed
MHA has stated that metro rail, cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places will remain shut. This apart, any form of large gatherings will not be permitted. Also, no social, political, religious, sports and entertainment functions will be allowed under Unlock 3.
Stringent lockdown in containment zones to continue
The ministry has said that strict lockdown will be continued in containment zones till August 31. The state government and the local authorities have been directed to carefully demarcate containment zones based on the parameters issued by the health ministry.
State governments can include additional prohibitions
The ministry has also given the onus on state governments to decide on prohibiting specific activities outside the containment zones. Such decisions have to be taken depending upon the assessment of the ground situation.
Senior citizens, children advised to stay at home
Meanwhile, senior citizens above 65 years, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women anc children below 10 years have been advised to stay home.
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