As the fifth phase of unlocking India kicks in, cinema halls, religious gatherings with certain restrictions and schools are all set to reopen from today. It has been nearly seven months since the nationwide lockdown was first announced bringing these activities to a standstill.
- The states of Bihar, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Assam are all set to resume schools for classes nine to 12. Whereas, the rest of the states have decided to keep the schools shut until further notice.
- Delhi will see the reopening of cinema houses with 50 per cent capacity, while, the schools will continue to remain closed. The Government of Haryana has not made any specific announcements regarding the reopening of cinema halls or schools either.
- The people of Maharashtra will see metro services back in operation and some additional relaxations from today.
- Delhi, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Chandigarh, Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir, and Karnataka have nodded for reopening of movie theatres. States like Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Telangana, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Assam, and Andhra Pradesh will have the movie halls shut until further notice.
The latest unlock involves resumption of certain activities which pose a major threat to infection as the virus can easily spread in closed spaces like cinema halls, classrooms, or at religious places, especially during the festive season.
The situation today is like a two-edged sword, the recent infection trends suggest that India may be over its first outbreak peak, however, the economic graphs suggest the rebooting of normalcy to stabilise erosion of earnings. Moreover, the country is about witness winters and in these times, it is said that the Coronavirus lasts longer. What weighs on to the already serious situation is the rising pollution levels which can make people further vulnerable to the infection.a