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Unlock 5: States may decide on opening schools, colleges after Oct 15

Cinema halls, multiplexes, exhibition halls and entertainment parks will be allowed to re-open but with restriction on numbers

Taj Mahal

People visit the Taj Mahal after it reopened, amid the coronavirus pandemic, in Agra | Photo: PTI

BS Web Team New Delhi
The government on Wednesday said states may decide on reopening schools and colleges after October 15, announcing its fifth phase of restarting activities that halted when the country went into a lockdown on March 25 to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

"Students may attend schools with the written consent of parents. Attendance must not be enforced, and must depend entirely on parental consent,” said home ministry guidelines popularly called Unlock 5.

Containment zones will continue under strict lockdowns till October 31 but states can't impose lockdowns outside them. The home ministry also said cinema halls, multiplexes, exhibition

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First Published: Sep 30 2020 | 8:28 PM IST

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