New Delhi, October 27:

The Unlock5 guidelines that last month allowed reopening of cinema halls, swimming pools for sports training and gatherings with restrictions, will be valid till November 30, the Ministry of Home Affairs has ordered.

“The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued an order today to extend the guidelines for re-opening, issued on 30.09.2020, to remain in force upto 30.11.2020,” a Press Information Bureau release said.

The ministry, which is among the highest executive bodies taking decisions on matters related to the COVID-19 pandemic, in September, allowed resumption of cinema halls with 50 per cent occupancy, international air travel as permitted by the government and gatherings in closed spaces with 50 per cent strength, not exceeding 200 people; all these activities will function as before until further order.

While most of the activities have been permitted in areas outside containment zones, some high-risk activities will function as per the orders of the respective state/Union Territory government, the statement said.

“These activities include – schools and coaching institutes; State and private universities for research scholars; allowing gatherings above the limit of 100 etc,” it read.