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Flights, metro, educational institutions, shopping malls to remain closed till May 31: MHA

New Delhi: All educational institutions, restaurants cinemas, shopping malls and entertainment parks, apart from flights and metro rail, will remain prohibited till May 31 under the new guidelines issued on Sunday evening for Lockdown 4.0 by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

According to the new norms, domestic and international air travel of passengers, except for domestic medical services, domestic air ambulance and for security purposes or purposes as permitted by MHA; metro rail services; running of schools, colleges, educational and training, coaching institutions; will remain prohibited.

Besides, hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services, except for the running of canteens in bus depots, railway stations and airports, will remain closed.

Further, places of large public gatherings such as cinema halls, shopping malls, gymnasiums, entertainment parks, social, political, cultural and similar gatherings and other large congregations, apart from access to religious places and places of worship will also be restrained.

According to MHA, the local authorities should ensure that shops and markets open with staggered timing, so as to ensure social distancing. It said all the shopkeepers should ensure minimum six feet distance between the customers and no more than five costumers should be allowed at one time, it added.

However, online, distance learning shall be permitted and encouraged, while restaurants will be allowed to operate kitchens for home delivery of food items, the MHA guidelines read.

Meanwhile, the Sports complexes and stadia will be permitted to open only for sports activities. However, spectators will not be allowed in these complexes.

In order to facilitate the movement of persons, various modes of transport have already been opened up, said the MHA, adding that the movement of individuals by trains has been permitted earlier by MHA through an order dated May 15.

Further, evacuation of foreign nationals from India, return of stranded Indian nationals from abroad, sign-on and sign-off of Indian seafarers, and intra-State and inter-State movement of stranded persons by bus and train, will continue to be allowed, the new guidelines read.

Similarly, inter-State movement of vehicles and buses has also been allowed with mutual consent of the concerned States/ UTs. Intra-State movement of vehicles and buses can be decided by the States and UTs, it added.

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