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New Delhi: With Covid-19 infections waning with each passing day, the Central government has announced further relaxations in the corona-induced lockdown which was initially imposed in the country on March 22 last year. The new guidelines will come into effect outside containment zones from today onwards.
Among the major decisions, the government has permitted cinema halls to operate with 100 per cent seating capacity while many state governments have already allowed reopening of schools for Class 10, 12 students.
Full occupancy in cinema halls
Full occupancy in cinema halls and multiplexes have been permitted from February 1. A set of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for cinema halls and theatres has been issued.
The SOPs also state that no films shall be screened in containment zones.
Exhibitions will now also be allowed with social distancing, face covers, Arogya Setu app, thermal screening and other safety measures against COVID-19.
Opening of swimming pools
The govt has allowed the opening of swimming pools with maintaining social distancing inside the pools.
Children below 10 years, elderly above 65 years of age and pregnant women have been recommended to not use the swimming pools.
E-catering services in trains to resume
The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will resume its e-catering services at 62 stations from February 1.
“The company will resume E-catering services at a selected number of stations (62 stations) in the first phase with effect from February 1, 2021 onwards,” the IRCTC had announced in a statement.
Mumbai local to open for all
The suburban train services in Mumbai will open for the general public from today. The local train services, which is regarded as the lifeline of the city, were suspended in March last year due to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown.
They will resume functions from the first service till 7 AM, noon to 4 PM and 9 PM to the last service.
Delhi University re-opening
Delhi University has asked all its teaching faculty to be physically present from February 1. However, the authorities have only allowed the students of final year to attend the college physically in small batches.