The Union Home Ministry on Saturday issued fresh “unlock” guidelines related to the coronavirus pandemic and as part of it, sports gathering of up to 100 people will be permitted from September 21 onwards. Also Read - IPL 2020 Points Table Latest Update After DC vs SRH, Match 11: David Warner-led Sunrisers Hyderabad Move to 6th Spot After Beating Delhi Capitals, Kagiso Rabada Takes Purple Cap
There was a blanket ban on sports activities till August 31st but the new instructions mean it has been lifted to an extent. “Social, academic, sports, entertainment, cultural, religious, political functions and other congregations will be permitted with a ceiling of 100 persons, with effect from September 21,” the ministry said. Also Read - IPL 2020 News: Mitchell Marsh's Scans Lost in UAE, Sunrisers Hyderabad All-rounder in Dark About Extent of Injury
The gatherings, though, will only be allowed with the mandatory wearing of face masks, social distancing, provision for thermal scanning and hand wash or sanitiser, the guidelines read. Also Read - RR vs KKR 11Wickets Fantasy Cricket Tips Dream11 IPL 2020: Pitch Report, Fantasy Playing Tips, Probable XIs For Today's Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders T20 Match 12 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium 7.30 PM IST Wednesday September 30
Sporting activities across India and the world came to a screeching halt in March due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Several competitions were either cancelled or postponed including the Tokyo Olympics, Euro Championships, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup among others.
However, league competitions got underway in several European countries but with the rising coronavirus cases in India, the ban on sporting gatherings continued meaning the cash-rich IPL was shifted out of the country.
The T20 league will now get underway from September 19 in the UAE in a bio-secure bubble with fans not permitted inside the venues.
The national sports awards this year were also held virtually.
Meanwhile, the Centre has allowed for the resumption of city Metro trains in a phased manner from September 7 while bars and restaurants will be allowed to serve liquor from September 1 onwards.
Schools and colleges will continue to remain shut at least till September 30 as will cinema halls, swimming pools, theatres among others. Restrictions on international air travel continues unless allowed by Ministry of Home Affairs.