Unlock 4.0: Metros can resume operations from Sep 7 on graded manner, says Home Ministry

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Metro services across the country can resume operations in a graded manner from September 7, the Home Ministry said on Saturday, releasing the Unlock 4.0 guidelines, which come into effect from Tuesday next.In this regard, Standard Operating Procedure will be issued by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.Also, all social/ academic/ sports/ entertainment/cultural/religious/political functions…

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Metro services across the country can resume operations in a graded manner from September 7, the Home Ministry said on Saturday, releasing the Unlock 4.0 guidelines, which come into effect from Tuesday next.

In this regard, Standard Operating Procedure will be issued by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

Also, all social/ academic/ sports/ entertainment/cultural/religious/political functions and other congregations will be permitted with a ceiling of 100 persons from September 21. However, such limited gatherings can be held with mandatory wearing of face masks, social distancing, provision for thermal scanning and hand washer or sanitiser.Open air theatres will be permitted to open with effect from September 21.

However, Cinema Halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres ( excluding open air theatres) will not be opened. Also, international air travel of passengers will be prohibited except as permitted by Ministry of Home Affairs, an official release said.

All Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will continue to remain closed for students and regular class activity upto September 30.

The Home Ministry also said that State Governments and Governments of the Union Territories shall not impose local lockdown outside the containment zones, without prior consultation with the Central Government. Lockdown shall continue to be implemented strictly in the containment zones till September 30, the Home Ministry said.

There will also be no restrictions on inter state and intra state movements of persons and goods, the release added.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MOHUA) said that the Standard Operating Procedures ( SOP) on Metro rail operations already circulated will be discussed on September 1 through Video Conference with all Metro companies and finalised.All Managing Directors have been asked to look into SOP prepared by MOHUA earlier in view of the current realities. All suggestions will be considered in the VC meeting and accordingly SOP will be finalised.

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