Photos: Schools and cinemas reopen under latest unlock relaxations

Movie theatres, religious gatherings with restrictions, and classes for some students in parts of the country saw a reboot on October 15 as the latest phase of unlocking the country began, close to seven months after a national lockdown was first imposed. The measures come at a time when the country heads into winter, conditions in which the Sars-Cov-2 virus is projected to last longer and a Covid-19 infection feared to be worse due to increased pollution.

Updated On Oct 15, 2020 05:58 PM IST
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Students of Class 12 seated distantly during a class at a Government Senior Secondary School in Gurugram after authorities allowed schools to reopen voluntarily for classes 9 to 12 on October 15. After remaining shut for nearly seven months due to the lockdown in view of the coronavirus, cinemas, schools and religious services across several states were allowed to resume with restrictions. (Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 15, 2020 05:58 PM IST

Students of Class 12 seated distantly during a class at a Government Senior Secondary School in Gurugram after authorities allowed schools to reopen voluntarily for classes 9 to 12 on October 15. After remaining shut for nearly seven months due to the lockdown in view of the coronavirus, cinemas, schools and religious services across several states were allowed to resume with restrictions. (Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)

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Students are thermal screened before entering a school in Gurugram on October 15. The latest activities to be “unlocked” pose some of the biggest infection risks: the virus can spread easily in closed spaces such as cinema halls, quickly among crowds typical at religious festivals, and potentially unchecked in children who can then pass it on to more vulnerable people at home. (Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 15, 2020 05:58 PM IST

Students are thermal screened before entering a school in Gurugram on October 15. The latest activities to be “unlocked” pose some of the biggest infection risks: the virus can spread easily in closed spaces such as cinema halls, quickly among crowds typical at religious festivals, and potentially unchecked in children who can then pass it on to more vulnerable people at home. (Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)

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Students maintain social distance and stand in a line at a government-run school in Gurugram on October 15. At a meeting with central government hospitals on October 14, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan said “The next two-and-a-half months are going to be very crucial for us in our fight against corona because of the winter season and the festival season.” (Anushree Fadnavis / REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 15, 2020 05:58 PM IST

Students maintain social distance and stand in a line at a government-run school in Gurugram on October 15. At a meeting with central government hospitals on October 14, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan said “The next two-and-a-half months are going to be very crucial for us in our fight against corona because of the winter season and the festival season.” (Anushree Fadnavis / REUTERS)

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A woman reads a book at the State Central Library which reopened in Mumbai on October 15. A few states resumed classes from September 21, while they remain suspended in several states and UTs including capital Delhi as well as the worst affected states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. (Rajanish Kakade / AP)
Updated on Oct 15, 2020 05:58 PM IST

A woman reads a book at the State Central Library which reopened in Mumbai on October 15. A few states resumed classes from September 21, while they remain suspended in several states and UTs including capital Delhi as well as the worst affected states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. (Rajanish Kakade / AP)

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People walk through the premises of a cinema theatre in Bangalore on October 15.The films may be old, masks mandatory and the usual lavish menus absent, but cinema-owners hope moviegoers will still flock back after a nearly seven-month coronavirus shutdown. (Manjunath Kiran / AFP)
Updated on Oct 15, 2020 05:58 PM IST

People walk through the premises of a cinema theatre in Bangalore on October 15.The films may be old, masks mandatory and the usual lavish menus absent, but cinema-owners hope moviegoers will still flock back after a nearly seven-month coronavirus shutdown. (Manjunath Kiran / AFP)

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Workers sanitize a screening hall at City Gold cinemas in Ahmedabad on October 15. Cinemas are allowed to operate with 50% occupancy so as to maintain adequate physical distance between people. Not only on seats, floor marking will be done at box office counters too to ensure social distancing. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 15, 2020 05:58 PM IST

Workers sanitize a screening hall at City Gold cinemas in Ahmedabad on October 15. Cinemas are allowed to operate with 50% occupancy so as to maintain adequate physical distance between people. Not only on seats, floor marking will be done at box office counters too to ensure social distancing. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

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A movie goer (C) gets his temperature checked at the entrance of a cinema theatre in Bangalore on October 15. Show timings of the screenings will be staggered to avoid overcrowding. Advance bookings have also been made available for the purpose. (Manjunath Kiran / AFP)
Updated on Oct 15, 2020 05:58 PM IST

A movie goer (C) gets his temperature checked at the entrance of a cinema theatre in Bangalore on October 15. Show timings of the screenings will be staggered to avoid overcrowding. Advance bookings have also been made available for the purpose. (Manjunath Kiran / AFP)

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Audience watch a movie in a cineplex in Prayagraj on October 15.Since no fresh titles have been released ever since the pandemic began, most halls will rerun old hits. (PTI)
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Audience watch a movie in a cineplex in Prayagraj on October 15.Since no fresh titles have been released ever since the pandemic began, most halls will rerun old hits. (PTI)

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A worker cleans the premises of City Gold cinema after its reopening, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in Ahmedabad on October 15. People have been advised to use digital modes of payment at theatres. Multiple sale counters for food and beverages will be open, people will be allowed to carry only packed food and no delivery will be permitted inside the auditorium. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 15, 2020 05:58 PM IST

A worker cleans the premises of City Gold cinema after its reopening, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in Ahmedabad on October 15. People have been advised to use digital modes of payment at theatres. Multiple sale counters for food and beverages will be open, people will be allowed to carry only packed food and no delivery will be permitted inside the auditorium. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

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