Unlock 3: Gyms to reopen from Aug 5, night curfew removed

at 7:58 pm

New Delhi (NVI): The Ministry of Home Affairs today issued guidelines for Unlock 3 which allow yoga institutes and gyms to open from August 5 while night curfew will be removed under the new set of rules.

These guidelines apply for areas that are not in containment zones. However, schools and colleges will remain shut. The same goes for cinema halls and public parks.

Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) will be issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) for ensuring social distancing and to contain the spread of COVID-19, with regard to the opening of gyms and yoga institutes.

Unlock 3 guidelines were announced by the Centre even as India registers more than 15 lakh coronavirus cases. This is the third phase of the ing of coronavirus-related restrictions across the country.

As per the guidelines, schools, colleges and educational institutes will remain shut till the end of August.

“In Unlock 3, which will come into effect from August 1, 2020, the process of phased re-opening of activities has been extended further. The new guidelines, issued today, are based on feedback received from States and UTs, and extensive consultations held with related Central Ministries and Departments,” the Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement.

As per the guidelines, Independence Day functions will be allowed with social distancing and by following other health protocols, e.g., wearing of masks, etc. To recall, MHA has already issued instructions in this regard on July 21.

International air travel of passengers has been permitted in a limited manner under the Vande Bharat mission. Further opening-up will take place in a calibrated manner.

Apart from that, metro rail will remain closed in containment zones. The same goes for swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places.

Social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions and other large congregations will also be allowed in areas outside containment zones.