MHA gives nod for B2B exhibitions from Oct 15
The state/UT governments have been asked to issue detailed SOPs to regulate such gatherings
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has announced that Business to Business (B2B) Exhibitions will be allowed from October 15 2020. SOPs for the same will be issued by the Department of Commerce.
The condition for indoor spaces is that the gathering can’t exceed 50 per cent of the hall capacity or 200 people. For outdoor events, the guidelines say that the size of the ground must be kept in mind, though the MHA has not mandated a ceiling. In both cases, the guidelines prescribe masks, social distancing and other Covid protocol.
The Unlock 5.0 guidelines provides states the flexibility to relax the limit of 100 persons at social/ academic/ sports/ entertainment/ cultural/ religious/ political functions outside the containment zones.
The states can allow an increased number of people to attend a public gathering from October 15. The decision comes before the onset of Dushera, Diwali and Durga puja festivities across India.
Wearing of face masks, maintaining social distancing, provision for thermal scanning and use of hand wash or sanitizer will be mandatory.
In open spaces, gatherings shall be allowed keeping the size of the ground/space in view, and with strict observance of social distancing, mandatory wearing of face masks, provision for thermal scanning and hand wash or sanitiser.
To ensure that such gatherings do not spread Covid-19, the state/UT governments have been directed to issue detailed SOPs to regulate such gatherings.
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