A day after the Centre issued Unlock 5.0 guidelines, the Manipur government on Thursday issued Unlock 2 guidelines which will be in force till October 31.
According to the latest guidelines issued by the state home department, lockdown shall remain in force in containment zones till October 31 while no lockdown outside the containment zone shall be notified without prior consultation of the state government.
The government has allowed opening of schools, colleges, education institutions and coaching institutions. However, it has been notified that separate orders for reopening of the institutions will be issued giving detailed guidelines and SOP.
Among the new permitted activities, all hotels and restaurants have been allowed to open. Cinemas/ theatres/ multiplexes will be allowed to open with upto 50 per cent of their seating capacity, for which, SOP will be issued by ministry of information and broadcasting.
Entertainment parks and similar places will also be permitted to open, for which the SOP will be issued by ministry of health and family welfare, the latest guidelines said.
The government has also decided to permit opening of swimming pools being used for training of sportspersons from October 15 subject to adherence of SOP to be issued by ministry of youth affairs and sports.
In the finance sector, opening of all financial institutes, private banks, insurance companies among others have been permitted.
Regarding gathering of people, social/academic/sports/entertainment/cultural/religious/political functions and other congregations beyond 100 persons will be permitted after October 15, the guidelines notified.
According to it, the number of persons allowed to gather in open spaces will depend on the size of the ground space in view with mandatory wearing of face masks, social distancing, provision for thermal screening and hand wash or sanitiser. State government will issue detailed SOPs to regulate such gathering, it said.
Meanwhile, locality based retails shops dealing with essential commodities have been permitted to open in all districts from 7am to 6pm on all days while whole sale shops in Thangal Bazar, Dharamsala, Paona Bazar and Masjid Road are also allowed to open during the same timing on all days except Sunday.
The government has also decided to continue with the roster system for opening of shops in Thangal Bazar and Paona Bazar except shops in gullies/by-lanes between buildings.
Shops in Thangal Bazar that sell goods which can be clubbed under clothes/shoes/stationeries/sports/utensils/crockery/electrical/paint/mattress and carpets/furniture/aluminium construction materials/ply wood have been permitted to open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
While, shops in Thangal Bazar that sell goods clubbed under utensils/electronics/computers/mobiles including service centres/weaving yarn/motor parts/tyres/batteries/hardware/sanitary fittings/tiles/marbles are permitted to open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
On one hand, shops in Paona Bazar that sell goods clubbed under luggage and bag/stationeries/jewellery/cosmetic/photo/cycle/glass and ply/clothes (only eastern side)/drycleaners/mattress and carpets/furniture have been permitted to open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
On the other hand, on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, shops in Paona Bazar that sell goods clubbed under clothes (only western side)/shoes/weaving yarn/computer/mobile inluding service centres/electronics/sports/eye glasses have been allowed to open.
Like earlier, the government has continued to permit activities that fall under supply of essential goods, movement of cargo and goods, health related activities, agriculture and related activities, fisheries, animal husbandry, MGNREGA works, construction activities among others.
The order maintained that the permitted activities are subject to observance of National Directives for COVID-19 Management.