Unlock 5.0: What all are going to reopen in new relaxations
New Delhi : The Unlock 4 has come to its concluding phase with authorities mulling on what more relaxations can be given in Unlock 5. In Unlock 4, the central government had relaxed several services like the operation of Metro trains for the commute.
Now, with the fifth stage of Unlock set to begin from October 1, speculations are mounting over new relaxations that the Centre may allow. With festive season around the corner, it is expected that the Centre will open up more activities but with SOPs. Here's what to expect:
Economic activities: The Ministry of home affairs (MHA) has already allowed public places like malls, salons, restaurants and gyms to open with restrictions; it is likely that more economic activities will be added to the list.
Recently, in his meeting with the chief ministers, PM Modi had asked them to reassess the containment zone guidelines while ensuring that they do not create problems for the economic activities.
Cinema Halls: Open-air theatres were allowed to operate from September 21. It is likely that movie theaters will now be allowed to operate but in a new sitting arrangement. As per the plan, alternate seats in the first row and the next were to be kept vacant in order to maintain social distancing.
Also, on Saturday, West Bengal became the first state to allow theatres and cinema halls to open from October 1.
Tourism: The sector, one of the worst-hit due to the Covid-19 lockdown, recently witnessed some recovery with the reopening of tourist destinations, including Taj Mahal. It is likely to see more recovery during Unlock 5 as more tourism centres and tourist places may open their doors for travellers.
Recently, the Uttarakhand government gave tourists permission to enter the state without any institutional quarantine.
Academics: Several schools and colleges across the country reopened from September 21 for students from class 9-12, on voluntary basis, and it is expected to continue for the next month. However, according to people aware of developments, primary classes will continue to stay closed for a few more weeks. Universities and colleges, meanwhile, have already started their admission tests and the new academic year may begin via online classes.