METRO Rail will be operated in graded manner from September 7: educational institutions will remain closed till September 30, says MHA

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Metro rail will be allowed to operate from 7th September in a graded manner by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Ministry of Railways in consultation with the Home Ministry. Standard Operating Procedure, SOP in this regard will be issued by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. The Union  Home Ministry on Saturday, August 29 issued new guidelines for opening up of more activities in areas outside the Containment Zones. During Unlock-4  coming into effect from 1st of September, the process of phased re-opening of activities has been extended further. Social, academic, sports, entertainment, cultural, religious, political functions and other congregations will be permitted with a ceiling of 100 persons from 21st of September. However, such limited gatherings can be held with the mandatory wearing of face masks, social distancing, provision for thermal scanning and hand wash or sanitizer. Open-air theatres will be permitted to open from 21  September. The Home Ministry said, after extensive consultation with States and UTs, it has been decided that Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will continue to remain closed for students and regular class activity up to 30th September. Online or distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerji has urged the government to allow Metro Rail and local trains to operate during  Unlock 4.

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