Unlock 5.0: Cinemas, restaurants to open with 50 pc cap; schools, colleges to remain closed in J&K

Jammu, Oct 9 (UNI) Announcing guidelines for Unlock 5.0, Jammu and Kashmir government has issued fresh guidelines on Friday.
Secretary Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction and Member Secretary State Executive Committee, Simrandeep Singh said that the Government has permitted opening of cinema halls, theatres, Multiplexes, swimming pools, bars in restaurants, hotels etc, entertainment parks and similar places, coaching centres from October 15 with fifty per cent capacity.
The Government has also raised the number of pilgrims for the holy cave shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi per day to 7000, (earlier it was 5000), he said adding that the decision on the number of pilgrims locals/outside UT to allow would be decided by the CEO shrine board.
Schools, colleges, higher education institutions including Anganwari centres shall remain closed till October 31 whereas online/ distance mode studies will continue, he said and added, “Fifty per cent teaching non-teaching staff is permitted for online teaching purposes in areas outside containment zones. Students of classes 9th to 12th are permitted to visit school on a voluntary basis for taking guidance in areas outside containment zones”.
The Skill or Entrepreneurship training will be permitted in National Skill Training Institutes, ITls or other training centres registered with the National Skill Development Mission or JK Skill Mission. National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD), Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IE) and their training providers will also be permitted, as per the SOP already issued in this regard by the MOHFW, Govt. of India, said the Secretary.
Higher Education Institutions will be permitted only for research scholars (PhD) and PG students in Science and technical streams requiring lab/experimental works from October 15, 2020, he said.
The Head of Higher Education Institutions will satisfy herself/himself that there is a genuine requirement of research scholars (PhD) and PG students in science and technology stream for laboratory/ experimental works, he added.
Coaching centres/institutions shall be permitted to run classes, outside the containment zones only from October 15 up to 50 per cent capacity of the centres, strictly as per the SOP issued by Ministry of Education, GOI. Shops in Malls as well as in the limits of Municipal Corporations will remain open from 0900 to 2100 hours, he added.
“There will be no restrictions on the entry of passengers, returnees or travellers coming to Jammu and Kashmir whether, by road, rail or air but COVID-19 Antigen Tests are mandatory,” he said and added that the travellers will undergo 14-day home quarantine if they have a valid contactable phone and Aarogya Setu App in their mobile telephones.
The SEC, after taking a detailed review of Covid-19 situation in Jammu and Kashmir, has categorized Green, Red, Orange zones.
According to order, all districts of Kashmir province and nine districts of Jammu region have been declared as Orange Zones.
The Kishtwar district has been designated as Green Zone. However, Lakhanpur Containment Zone in Kathua district and Jawahar Tunnel area on either side will fall in the Red Zone category.
Bars in restaurants/hotels etc, entertainment parks and similar places and swimming pools being used for training of sportspersons will also reopen from October 15 as per the SOPs of the concerned Ministries, he said.
Meanwhile, movement of individuals for all non-essential activities will remain prohibited from 2200 hours to 0500 hours while persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children with 10 years of age shall stay at home except for health purposes.


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