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Colleges, flights, cinema halls: Unlock guidelines for February

In the national capital, the state government announced that students in classes IX and XI, as well as colleges, polytechnics and diploma institutions will be allowed to physically attend classes beginning February 5. Delhi opened schools to classes X to XII last week.

All colleges, centres and departments of the Delhi University will reopen from February 1. While the entire teaching staff has been asked to be physically present, only final year students will attend classes in small batches.

According to the home ministry’s latest unlocking guideline, swimming pools will open for all from February 1. So far, pools only for the training of sportspersons were allowed to open. Since swimming session generally begins from March-April, the new rule will take time to come into effect but the permission has been granted.

Cinema halls have also been allowed to increase their capacity from February 1. Now they are allowed to function only at 50 per cent capacity.

Final year students, who need access to laboratories and have practical classes, will be allowed to return first.  However, it is not mandatory for them to attend.International flights have still not been given the green signal to fully operate. The ban on scheduled international passenger flights was extended till February 28, the aviation regulator DGCA said on Thursday. The DGCA has allowed flights on selected routes on a case-to-case basis and under bilateral “air bubble” arrangements with selected countries since July. India has formed air bubble pacts with around 24 countries including the US, the UK, the UAE, Kenya, Bhutan and France.

As a new Covid-19 virus strain emerged in the UK, India along with several other nations, suspended flights from the country. After assessing the situation pertaining to the variant, the Centre decided to further extend the restrictions on the number of flights from the UK till February 14. Under the news restrictions, only 30 weekly flights will be allowed between the 2 countries.

Earlier, the restrictions, imposed since January 8, were put in place till January 23.Mumbai local trains will resume services for all from February 1 with time restrictions. The general public will be allowed to travel before 7am, between 12 noon and 4pm and after 9pm.Punjab National Bank has informed its customers that it will be restricting both financial and non-financial transactions from non-EMV TM machines from February 1. Non-EMV ATMs are those which reads data through magnetic strips and do not hold the ATM card during the transaction.

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