With Unlock 4 coming to an end on September 30, the Central government is expected to announce more relaxations under Unlock 5. Metro services in several cities resumed for the first since the lockdown began in late March, and students of senior classes returned to school during September.
Despite increasing cases in a few states, here are the major expectations from Unlock 5, which is likely to begin from October 1.
Cinema Halls: With the Home Ministry permitting open-air theatres to resume work from September 21, people can expect cinema halls to open. Social distancing plans have been thought of leaving space between moviegoers in a row and keeping seats in the row behind them empty. West Bengal has already announced the re-opening of theatres and cinema halls from October 1, becoming the first state to take that call.
Tourism: The sector has been the worst-hit due to the Covid-19 lockdown. Some tourist destinations, including the Taj Mahal and the Qutub Minar, opened up recently. It is likely to see more recovery during Unlock 5 as more tourist places may reopen for travellers.
Schools and colleges: Several schools and colleges across the country reopened from September 21 for students of Classes 9-12, on a voluntary basis, and it is expected to continue for the next month. Primary classes may not reopen for a few more weeks, said reports. Universities and colleges, meanwhile, have already started their admission tests and the new academic year may begin via online classes. The UGC has said freshers can join classes from November 1 at their respective colleges.
Economic activities: While the Ministry of home affairs (MHA) had allowed public places like malls, salons, restaurants, and gyms to open with restrictions, more economic activities are likely to be allowed from October with full focus on social distancing norms.
Meanwhile, India’s coronavirus tally crossed the 60-lakh mark on Monday with a spike of 82,170 new cases and 1,039 deaths reported in the last 24 hours. The cases stand at 60,74,703 including 9,62,640 active cases, 5,01,6521 cured/discharged/migrated & 95,542 deaths.