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COVID-19 Unlock 5.0: Here's what is allowed now

Cinemas set to reopen with 50% capacityGetty Images
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Cinemas set to reopen with 50% capacity
The Union Home Ministry issued new guidelines for permitting more activities in areas outside the containment zones that include opening up cinemas, theatres and multiplexes with up to 50 per cent of their seating capacity from October 15.
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State govt to decide on opening of schools
For the re-opening of schools and coaching institutions, State and UT governments can decide to do so after October 15, in a graded manner. The decision shall be taken in consultation with the respective school and institution management, based on their assessment of the situation, and subject to certain conditions, it said. Online or distance learning shall continue to be the preferred mode of teaching and shall be encouraged, the ministry said.Students may attend schools and institutions only with the written consent of parents.
Swimming pools, entertainment parksAgencies
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Swimming pools, entertainment parks
Swimming pools being used for training of sportspersons will be allowed to open for which the standard operating procedure (SOP) will be issued by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. Entertainment parks and similar places will also be permitted to open from October 15. The SOP will be issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in this regard.
Permitting social gatheringsPTI
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Permitting social gatherings
The fresh guidelines said state and UT governments have been given the flexibility to permit social, religious and political gatherings beyond the limit of 100 persons, outside containment zones, after October 15. However, they will be subject to certain conditions like a maximum of 50 per cent of the hall capacity with a ceiling of 200 persons and mandatory wearing of face masks.
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Stay home, stay safe
The Centre has advised children below 10 years of age and persons above 65 years with co-morbidities to stay indoors.

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