Revised Coronavirus Guidelines Effective From February 1
Published On Jan 28, 2021 12:00 AM By Yamini Sharma
The Center has revised the coronavirus guidelines. According to the new Covid-19 guidelines, cinema halls and theatres will be operating with higher occupancy. In addition, swimming pools will be reopened for all as well. The updated standard operating procedures (SOPs) has been issued in line with a steady decline in daily coronavirus cases across the country.
As per a press release, cinema halls and theatres have already been allowed upto 50% of seating capacity. Now, they will have the permission to operate at higher seating capacity. A revised SOP for the same will be issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs.
It is to be noted that swimming pools had been opened for sportspersons in 2020. However, the permission allowing usage for all has recently been provided by the Center. The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MoYA&S) in consultation with MHA will issue a revised SOP regarding the same.
In its guidelines, the Center also gave the indication for increasing the permitted strength for gatherings. The release stated that all types of gatherings, right from social to religious have already been allowed upto a maximum of 50% of the hall capacity, with a ceiling of 200 persons in closed spaces as well as open spaces. From now on, gatherings like such will be allowed subject to SOP of the State/ UT concerned.
The Center informed that all kinds of exhibition halls will be permitted with no restriction on inter-state and intra-state movement.
It must be noted that the revised guidelines will come into effect from February 1.
India, while battling rising novel coronavirus cases is running the world's largest anti-coronavirus vaccination drive at present.
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