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Karnataka Unlocks: Pubs Ok, No Cinema

Karnataka Unlock
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Karnataka Unlock

Highlights

  • No Schools, Political Gatherings Okay
  • Cinema halls, pools, theatres will remain shut

Lockdown will remain in force in containment zones till September 30

• Open-air theatres will be allowed to open from September 21

• Students of classes 9 to 12 will be permitted to visit their schools (outside containment zones)

• Schools, colleges, educational institutions will remain closed with no regular class activity up to September 30

Bengaluru: After a hiatus of five-month, Bengaluru Metro will resume operations from September 7.

Schools, colleges and other educational and coaching institutions will remain closed for students till September 30, while some relaxation has been given for students of classes 9 to 12. No cinema halls, pools, theatres, but open-air theatres will be allowed to open from September 21.

Political, social and religious congregations of up to 100 people will be permitted as part of Unlock-4 guidelines issued by the Karnataka government on Monday.

"Metro rail will be allowed to operate with effect from September 7, 2020 in a graded manner, by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MOHUA) or Ministry of Railways (MOR), in consultation with MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs)," the Unlock-4 order issued by Chief Secretary T M Vijay Bhaskar in line with the Centre's guidelines said.

The standard operating procedure (SOP) will be issued by MOHUA and Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL).

Social, academic, sports, entertainment, cultural, religious and political functions and other congregations with a ceiling of 100 persons, will be permitted with effect from September 21, with mandatory wearing of face masks, social distancing, provision for thermal scanning and hand wash or sanitizer, the guidelines said.

However, the cap of 50 people for marriage related gatherings and 20 people for funeral or last rites will continue up to September 20 after which the ceiling of 100 people will apply. Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres and similar places will remain closed, it said, adding that however, open air theatres will be permitted to open with effect from September 21.

Educational institutions will continue to remain closed for students and regular class activity up to September 20 and online or distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged.

District administrations may permit up to 50 per cent of teaching and non-teaching staff to be called to the schools at a time for online teaching/tele counselling and related work, in areas outside the containment zones with effect from September 21.

Students of classes 9 to 12 may be permitted to visit their schools, in areas outside the containment zones, on a voluntary basis, for taking guidance from their teachers, the order said adding it will be subject to written consent of their parents or guardians and will be permitted from September 21.

SOPs would be issued by the state health and education departments for these, it said. Unlock 4 will come into effect from September 1 and will continue till September 30, while lockdown shall remain in force in the Containment Zones till September 30. PTI



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