Unlock 5.0 : Here's what one can expect?

Cinema Halls may get a nod from MHA to start operations in this phase of Unlock

Unlock 5.0 : Here's what one can expect?

The central government is likely to allow cinema halls to reopen under ‘Unlock 5.0’ while the restrictions will continue in containment zones. India was forced to go in a nationwide lockdown from March 22 in order to control the spread of coronavirus. It is currently in the state of unlocking so that the economic activities can resume while the nation continues to battle with this deadly virus.

We are currently in the fourth phase of unlocking which is also referred to as Unlock 4.0. It will be coming to an end of September 30 and Unlock 5.0 is expected to start from October 1.

For now, it is being speculated that the cinema halls may get a go-ahead to start operations in this phase ahead of the festive season, which begins from October 17. As per the guidelines available in Unlock 4.0, MHA had given permission to open-air theatres to resume operations, from September 21. It now seems that the other cinema halls too will be able to open in this week, West Bengal has already announced that cinema halls in the state can open from October 1.

In the month of August, Amit Khare, Secretary, Information and broadcasting ministry, had presented how seating arrangements in the cinema halls can be in order to maintain social distancing.

On Monday, Maharashtra government announced its decision to open bars, restaurants and eateries from October 1 as a part of the directives for Unlock 5.0.

It is expected that in the next phase of unlocking too, there will be strict restrictions in the containment zones. However, there might be a shift in approach to have micro-containment zones in this phase of Unlock. This idea had come up in the meeting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had last week with the chief ministers of seven worst-affected states in India.

Apart from this, schools have reopened for students from class 9-12 from September 21. Currently, this is on a voluntary basis and not much is expected to change in Unlock 5.0. Furthermore, It is expected that the decision of opening schools for primary classes may be taken after a couple of months based on how the situation is at that time.

Coming back to Maharashtra, there is still no word on whether the local trains will get a nod to start operating in the Unlock 5.0 or not. Currently, the local trains are ferrying the employees engaged in essential services and given the sharp increase in the number of cases in Mumbai, it is expected that the local trains may continue to be shut for the general public for a little longer duration.  

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