Sports gathering of up to 100 people allowed from Sep 21

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NEW DELHI: The Union Home Ministry on Saturday issued directives that allow sports gathering of up to 100 people with effect from September 21 in its Unlock-4 guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the new set of guidelines, the ministry lifted the total ban on sports activities, which was earlier put in place till August 31.

"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 stated.

However, such limited gatherings can only be held with the mandatory wearing of face masks, social distancing, provision for thermal scanning and hand wash or sanitizer, the guidelines state.

The country has been in lockdown since March due to the coronavirus outbreak.