Unlock 3.0: Gyms, Cinemas Likely To Open; Schools, Metros Will Remain Shut

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has proposed the reopening of cinema halls to the Ministry of Home Affairs, after consulting their owners.

Jessica David

July 27, 2020

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With the COVID-19 restrictions of Unlock 2.0 ending on Friday (July 31), the central government is now formulating guidelines for Unlock 3.0, which will come into force from August, sources said on Sunday (July 26). For Unlock 3.0, the third installation in the phased easing of lockdown restrictions, a few more relaxations are being worked upon by the government. According to sources, gyms are also likely to be reopened in the third phase. These might include relaxations in reopening of cinema halls from August 1 but with some SOPs such as strict social distancing in place.

However, in Unlock 3.0, some restrictions will continue. Schools and metro train services are likely to remain shut across the country, sources said. The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) began consultations with states on reopening of schools in a meeting chaired by Secretary of School Education, Anita Karwal. HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal had said earlier that feedback would be sought from parents on the issue.

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