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New Covid guidelines: Cinema halls with over 50% capacity, swimming pools, exhibitions allowed to open

MHA has issued new Covid-19 guidelines and Rules under which Cinema Halls with over 50% capacity will be allowed to open and operate. The new guidelines will be effective fro 01 Feb to 28 Feb 2021.

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The Union Home Ministry Wednesday allowed cinema halls and theaters to operate with more than 50 per cent of their capacity. A revised SOP will be issued by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting for the same, the ministry said.

Swimming pools and exhibitions have also been allowed to open by the government. State government can decide about the religious and political gatherings.

Stating that all activities allowed outside of containment zones shall strictly adhere to SOPs issued by the Centre, the guidelines said, “Cinema halls and theaters have already been permitted up to 50% of seating capacity. Now they will be permitted to operate at higher seating capacity. …Swimming pools have already been permitted for use of sports persons. Now swimming pools will be permitted for use of all. …Business to Business (B2B) exhibition halls have already been permitted. Now all types of exhibition halls will be permitted.”

"For further opening up of international air travel of passengers, Ministry of Civil Aviation (MOCA) may take a decision in consultation with Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) based on the assessment of the situation,” the guidelines said.

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