Unlock 3.0: Gyms Allowed to Reopen; Schools, Colleges and Metro to Remain Closed; With Fresh Cases, India’s Covid Tally Tops 15 Lakh
The central government has brought cheer for gym owners as under Unlock 3.0 guidelines issued, the MHA has allowed gyms and yoga centres to reopen from August 5 if they follow specific Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. However, cinemas, schools and colleges, swimming pools and recreational clubs continue to remain shut. Here’s a list of what will reopen, what remains closed.
Covid count: India's COVID-19 tally went past 15 lakh, two days after it crossed the 14-lakh mark, with 48,513 fresh cases recorded in a day while the recoveries surged to 9,88,029, as per the ministry’s data. The total cases climbed to 15,31,669, while the death toll rose to 34,193 with 768 deaths being reported in a 24-hour span.
Lockdown extended: Maharashtra government extended the lockdown in the state till August 31 amid rising cases. However, it also provided for some restrictions in the latest guidelines, allowing malls to reopen from August 5, but without theatres and food plazas.
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