Cinemas, theatres, multiplexes have been permitted to open with 50 percent seating from October 15, according to the fresh guidelines under 5.0 issued by Ministry Of Home Affairs on Wednesday. For re-opening of schools and coaching institutions, state/UT governments have been given the flexibility to take a decision after October 15, 2020, in a graded manner. The decision shall be taken in consultation with the respective school/institution managements. Department of Higher Education (DHE), Ministry of Education may take a decision on timing of the opening of colleges/ higher education institutions, in consultation with the MHA, based on the assessment of the situation. Students may attend schools/ institutions only with the written consent of parents. Attendance must not be enforced, and must depend entirely on parental consent. Social/ academic/ sports/ entertainment/ cultural/ religious/ political functions and other congregations were earlier permitted with a ceiling of 100 persons, outside containment zones. Now state/UT governments may permit such gatherings beyond the limit of 100 after October 15. Strict enforcement of lockdown will continue in containment zones till October 31.