New Delhi: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to allow Metro rail service to be resumed from September 7 in a graded manner. The standard operating procedure (SoP) for the same will be announced soon in consultation with the Ministry of Railway.
It has also decided to allow students of classes 9 to 12 to visit their schools, in areas outside the Containment Zones only, on voluntary basis, for taking guidance from their teachers. This will be subject to written consent of their parents and guardians. However, Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will continue to remain closed for students and regular class activity up to September 30.
According to the new guidelines issued on Saturday for unlock-4, social, academic, sports, entertainment, cultural, religious, political functions and other congregations will be permitted with a ceiling of 100 persons, with effect from September 21. However, such limited gatherings can be held with mandatory wearing of face masks, social distancing, provision for thermal scanning and hand wash or sanitizer.
It has also decided to permit Open air theatres with effect from September 21. Officials of the MoH said that these decisions were taken after extensive consultation with States and UTs. Another important decision was that Online and distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged.
The guidelines further say that states and UTs may permit upto 50% of teaching and non-teaching staff to be called to the schools at a time for online teaching and tele- counselling and related work.