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Unlock 5.0 rules for Chandigarh: What is allowed, what is not

As of October 1, Chandigarh had reported 11,938 COVID-19 cases, including 162 deaths. While more than 9,800 of the patients had recovered, about 1,963 cases remained active.

October 01, 2020 / 03:34 PM IST
Chandigarh’s Elante Mall reopens (Image: News18/Chaman Lal)

Chandigarh’s Elante Mall reopens (Image: News18/Chaman Lal)

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on September 30 released guidelines for ‘Unlock 5.0’ which will remain in place till October 31. The guidelines allow for further relaxation of restrictions on activities outside of containment zones.

The government has allowed cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes to reopen, with 50 percent capacity, from October 15. Standard operating procedure for the same would be issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

The Centre has asked states and Union Territories to take a call on reopening of schools from October 15.

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Easing restrictions on public gatherings, the government has said states can now allow social, cultural and religious congregations involving more than 100 people. However, these events would have to abide by physical distancing and strict safety measures.

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India’s COVID-19 tally reached 63 lakh on October 1, including over 98,000 deaths. The recovery rate stood at 83.5 percent.

As of October 1, Chandigarh had reported 11,938 COVID-19 cases, including 162 deaths. While more than 9,800 of the patients had recovered, about 1,963 cases remained active.

In line with the aforementioned guidelines, Chandigarh administration has decided to reopen cinemas from October 15, after seven months.

However, a decision is yet to be taken on allowing schools to reopen. This will be discussed in the next war room meeting.

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first published: Oct 1, 2020 03:34 pm

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