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Covid-19: India to end some restrictions, open movie halls at full capacity


New Delhi - This is in an attempt to further relax the controls imposed to combat the spread of coronavirus.

By Wam

Published: Sun 31 Jan 2021, 7:56 PM

The restrictions put in place in India due to COVID-19 are on the verge of ending, India’s Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar announced today.

This is in an attempt to further relax the controls imposed to combat the spread of coronavirus.

Javadekar made the announcement while permitting cinema halls to operate at full capacity from February 1 and that sanitisation and Covid protocols will have to continue to be adhered to.

"Respiratory etiquettes must be followed, including use of face masks, adequate social distancing of at least six feet to be followed. Spitting will be prohibited and usage of Aarogya Setu app. will be encouraged." Aarogya Setu is a mobile phone app. developed for the Indian government for checking Covid-19 risk factors.

Last week, in new "Guidelines for Surveillance, Containment and Caution," the Ministry of Home Affairs here had indicated that cinema halls and theatres will be permitted to operate at "higher" seating capacity. But it came as a surprise that they will be allowed to have 100 per cent seating, which indicates growing confidence here that the pandemic is under control.

"The relaxations do not apply to containment zones, which are locations identified with a high incidence of Covid-19 cases. No exhibition of films shall be allowed in containment zones", Javadekar said.

In a shot in the arm for regional cooperation in South Asia, the new guidelines said "there shall be no restriction on the movement of persons and goods including those for cross land-border trade under treaties with neighbouring countries. No separate permission, approval or e-permits will be required for such movements."

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