Schools and colleges which have been closed since March due to the corona lockdown will be allowed to re-open from October 15, the Centre said on Wednesday while announcing the next phase of guidelines for Unlock 5.0.
The final call, however, has been left to the states and the institutions involved. Online and distance learning shall continue to be the preferred mode of teaching and shall be encouraged, the Centre said.
The government gave a go ahead to cinema halls, multiplexes, and exhibition halls, but their reopening will be tempered with certain restrictions. Cinemas, theatres and multiplexes will have to operate “with up to 50 per cent seating capacity”, for which separate guidelines will be issued.
What still remains barred is international air travel. Lockdown will be strictly enforced in containment zones till October 31, the government said.
Children below 10 being part of the vulnerable population, the Centre said the decision on reopening educational institutions have to be taken in consultation with the institutions. Attendance must not be enforced, and must depend entirely on parental consent. Students can only attend school with the written consent of parents, the government said.
The fresh phase of unlock comes as coronavirus cases the country crossed the 62-lakh mark. The number of fresh cases over the last 24 hours was 80,472 and 1,179 deaths were reported, shows data from the health ministry.