The new guidelines will be put into action from the 15th of October.
As opposed to the previous news of Durga Puja celebrations being held in abeyance, the Uttar Pradesh government has now allowed the festivities to continue but in strict accordance with the issued COVID-19 norms. The government officials on Thursday publicized the 're-open' guidelines, which includes the provisions of public celebrations and gatherings. This further means that Durga Puja, Ramleela, political activities, elaborate marriage functions and so on, will be allowed in the state.
Graded resumption of schools from October 15
The authorities have also imposed a limitation on the number of people, who will be attending events in an enclosed area. In tune with the norms, only 50% of a hall's capacity can be used. The new guidelines will be put into action from the 15th of October as Navratra is set to start from the 17th of this month. The District Magistrates in each district will make their own decisions, according to their local situations.
Schools are also restarting in a graded manner from the middle of this month but attendance is not compulsory. Parents may choose not to send their wards back to school, keeping in mind the safety quotient; nevertheless, the authorities will continue with online learning procedures. Schools which will hold classes in their premises, will have to follow the SOP sanctioned by the education department. Government-funded universities and other institutions will be functional only after a decision is undertaken by the department of higher education and the home ministry. Private universities may grant PhD and post-graduation pupils to visit the campus for their work.
Movie theatres too, will be opened up partially as almost every activity in the state is being given a green light. Only in containment zones, the lockdown will continue to exist till the 31st of October but essential services will remain functional in such areas.