After extensive consultation with the States and Union Territories (UTs), it has been decided that Schools, Colleges, educational and coaching institutions will continue to remain closed for the students and regular class activity up to September 30.
Online or distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged.
The new guidelines, however, allowed from September 21 certain activities outside the ‘Containment Zones’ that the States/ UTs may permit up to 50 per cent of teaching and non-teaching staff to be called to the schools at a time for online teaching/ tele-counselling and related work.
The Unlock 4 guidelines allowed the social, political, cultural religious gathering with a ceiling of 100 persons from September 21, mandating the use of face masks, thermal scanning and hand wash or sanitizer, while also making it compulsory to follow the social distancing norms.
The Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres and similar places and International air travel of passengers, except as permitted by MHA, will remain suspended as earlier. However, the ‘Open Air Theatres’ will be allowed from September 21, 2020.
The marriage-related gatherings, with number of guests not to exceed 50 and 20 for funeral or last rites will continue till September 20, after which, the ceiling of 100 persons will come into force.
The Lockdown shall continue to be implemented strictly in the Containment Zones till September 30, 2020 and it shall be demarcated by the District authorities at micro level, after taking into consideration the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), with the objective of effectively breaking the chain of transmission. (UNI)