The Union Home Ministry on October 27 extended guidelines for reopening and resumption of social and economic activities in the country to November 30. The existing guidelines for ‘Unlock 5.0’ were issued in September had been originally planned to remain in force till October 31.
Schools across India were closed in March when the nationwide lockdown was imposed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
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Over the last few months, a number of activities such as resumption of metro rail services, reopening of shopping malls and restaurants for in-house dining have been allowed in a staggered manner. However, extension of Unlock 5.0 guidelines until November-end means no immediate changes in norms for what is informally being called ‘Unlock 6.0’.
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The Centre had permitted state governments and Union Territory (UT) administrations to take decisions for their re-opening of educational institutions outside containment zones, based on the assessment of the situation and subject to standard operating procedures.
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