The State Government on Tuesday allowed resumption of Metro Rail Services in the city beginning September 7 in a graded manner and set to allow all other activities after Sept 21st.
In a late-night GO MS 120 issued on September 1, 2020, the State Government has issued unlock.4 guidelines for the reopening of activities in a calibrated manner in areas outside containment zones.
It may be recalled, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued orders on guidelines regarding Unlock-4 and extension of Lockdown in containment zones till September 30th, 2020. Subsequently, the state government after a careful revision has issued fresh and revised guidelines as mentioned hereunder for implementation in the state
The activities below shall remain prohibited throughout the State:
- Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions.
- Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres and similar places.
- Bars and Clubs shall remain closed and separate orders will be issued for their opening.
In areas outside containment zones, all activities permitted prior to the introduction of lockdown measures will be allowed except those mentioned above.
However, the following activities shall be allowed to function with the stipulation of following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as prescribed by Government from time to time.
- (a) Online/distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged.
- (b) A maximum of 50% of teaching and non-teaching staff are permitted to be called to the schools at a time for online teaching or Tele-counselling and related work, in areas outside the Containment Zones only, with effect from September 21, 2020.
- (c) Students of classes 9 to 12 are permitted to visit their schools, in areas outside the Containment Zones only, on a voluntary basis, for taking guidance from their teachers. This will be subject to the written consent of their parents or guardians and will be permitted with effect from September 21, 2020.
- (d) Skill or Entrepreneurship training will be permitted in Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), Short term training centres registered with State Skill Development Missions or other Ministries of State Governments. These will be permitted with effect from September 21, 2020.
- (e) Higher Education Institutions only for research scholars (PhD) and postgraduate students of technical and professional programmes requiring laboratory or experimental works.
- (f) Social, academic, sports, entertainment, cultural, religious, political functions and other congregations with a ceiling of 100 persons and by following health protocol, will be permitted with effect from September 21, 2020, with a mandatory wearing of face masks, social distancing, provision for thermal scanning and hand wash or sanitizer.
- (g) However, marriage related gatherings shall be permitted with a maximum of 50 participants.
- (h) Funeral, last rites related gatherings with the number of persons not exceeding 20 will continue to be allowed up to September 20, 2020, and from September 21, 2020, the ceiling of 100 persons will apply.
- Open-air theatres will be permitted to open with effect from September 21, 2020
- Metro Rail is permitted to operate from September 7, 2020, in a graded manner.
SOP for Containment and Non-Containment Zones:
- Persons above the age of 65 years, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years are advised to stay at home, except for essential and health purposes.
- In respect of Containment Zones, strict lockdown shall be in force till September 30, 2020. Only essential activities shall be permitted.
- There shall be strict perimeter control to ensure that there is no movement of people in or out of these zones, except for medical emergencies and for maintaining the supply of essential goods and services. In the Containment Zones, there shall be intensive contact tracing, house to house surveillance, and other clinical interventions, as required.
- Buffer Zones shall be identified outside the Containment Zones, where new cases are more likely to occur. Within the buffer zones, restrictions, as considered necessary, may be put in place by the District authorities.