Unlock 5 Guidelines for Re-opening issued by MHA

October 1, 2020 : The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on September 30 has issued Unlock 5 guidelines for opening up of more activities in areas outside the Containment Zones.
In the order the National
Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has directed to re-open more activities in areas outside the Containment Zones and to extend the lockdown in Containment Zones upto 31.10.2020. The guidelines for Re-opening as given in annexure wil be in force upto 31.10.2020, some points are given below:
Activities permitted outside the Containment Zones:
In areaas outside the Containment Zones, all activities will be permitted, except the following :
(i) States/UT Governments may take a decision in respect of re-opening of schools and coaching institutions, after 15th October 2020, in a graded manner. The decision shall be taken in consultation with the respective school/ institution management, based on their assessment of the situation, and subject to the following conditions:
a. Online/ distance learning shall continue to be the preferred mode of teaching and shall be encouraged.
b. Where schools are conducting online classes, and some students prefer to attend online classes rather than physically attend school, they may be permitted to do so.
c. Students may attend schools/ institutions only with the written consent of parents.
d. Attendance must not be enforced, and must depend entirely on parental consent.
e. States /UTs will prepare their own SOP regarding health and safety precautions for reopening of schools/ institutions based on the SOP to be issued by Department of School Education and Literacy (DoSEL), Ministry of Education, Government of India, keeping local requirements in view.
f. Schools, which are allowed to open, will have to mandatorily follow the SOP to be issued by Education Departments of States/ UTs.
(ii) Department of Higher Education (DHE), Ministry of Education may take a decision on the timing of the opening of Colleges/ Higher Education Institutions, in consultation with Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), based on the assessment of the situation. Online/ distance learning shall continue to be the preferred mode of teaching and shall be encouraged.
However, Higher Education Institutions only for research scholars (Ph.D) and post-graduate students in science and technology stream requiring laboratory/ experimental works will be permitted to open from 15th October, 2020, as under:
a. For Centrally Funded Higher Education Institutions, the Head of Institution will has to assure that there is a genuine requirement of research scholars (Ph.D) and post-graduate students in science and technology stream for laboratory/experimental works.
b. For all other Higher Education Institutions for instance, State Universities, Private Universities etc., they may open only for research scholars (Ph.D) and postgraduate students in science and technology stream requiring laboratory/experimental works as per decision to be taken by the respective State/UT Governments.
(iii) Swimming pools being used for training of sportspersons will be permitted to open with effect from 15th October, 2020, for which the standard operating procedure (SOP) will be issued by Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports (MoYA&S).
(iv). Cinemas, theatres, multiplexes will be permitted to open with upto 50% of their seating capacity, in areas outside the Containment zones only with effect from 15th October, 2020, for which, SOP will be issued by Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.
(v). Entertainment parks and similar places will be permitted to open, in areas outside the Containment zones only , with effect from 15th October, 2020, for which the SOP will be issued by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW).
(vi). Business to Business (B2B) Exhibitions will be permitted to open with effect from 15th October, 2020, for which, SOP will be issued by the Department of Commerce.
(vii) Social, academic, sports, entertainment, cultural, religious and political functions and other congregations have already been permitted with a ceiling of 100 persons, outside Containment Zones only. Now, State/ UT Governments have been given the flexibility to permit such gatherings beyond the limit of 100 persons, outside Containment Zones, after 15th October 2020, which will be subject to the following conditions:
a. In closed spaces, a maximum of 50% of the hall capacity will be allowed, with a ceiling of 200 persons. Wearing of face masks, maintaining social distancing, provision for thermal scanning and use of hand wash or sanitizer will be mandatory.
b. In open spaces, keeping the size of the ground/ space in view, and with strict observance of social distancing, mandatory wearing of face masks, provision for thermal scanning and hand wash or sanitizer.
State/ UT Governments will issue detailed SOPs to regulate such gathering, and strictly enforce the same.

  1. National Diretives for COVID-19 Manangement :
    National Diretives for COVID-19 Manangement, as specified in Annexure I shall continue to be followed throughout the country.
  2. Lockdown limited to Containment Zones :
    (i) Lockdown shall remain in force in the Containment Zones till 31st October, 2020.
    (ii). Containment Zones shall be demarcated by the District authorities at micro level after taking into consideration the guidelines of MoHFW with the objective of effectively breaking the chain of transmission. Strict containment measures will be enforced in these containment zones and only essential activities will be allowed. There shall be strict perimeter control to ensure that there is no movement of people of these zones, except for medical emergencies and for maintaining supply of essential goods and services. In the Containment Zones, there shall be intensive contact tracing, house-to-house surveillance, and other clinical interventions, as required. Guidelines of MoHFW shall be effectively implemented for the above purpose.
    (iii) These Containment Zones will be notified on the websites by the respective District Collectors and by the States/ UTs and information will also be shared with MOHFW.
  3. State/ UT Governments shall not impose any local lockdown (State/ District/ sub-division/City/ village level), outside the containment zones, without prior consultation with the Central Government.
  4. No restriction on Inter-State and intra-State movement: There shall be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods. No separate permission/ approval/ e-permit will be required for such movements.
  5. Movement of persons with SOPs: Movement by passenger trains; ………
  6. Protection for vulnerable persons
    Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years, are advised to stay at home, except for meeting essential requirements and for health purposes.
    8.Use of Aarogya Setu
  • The use of Aarogya Setu mobile application will continue to be encouraged.