Health ministry issues guidelines for yoga institutes and gyms to open from August 5


The Health Ministry on Monday issued guidelines for yoga institutes and gyms to open from August 5, adding that only those outside containment zones will be allowed to open.

The guidelines mentioned that persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years are advised not to use gyms in closed spaces. Organisations managing the yoga institutes and gymnasiums shall have also been asked to advise all members, visitors and staff accordingly.

The generic preventive measures to reduce the risk of Covid-19 are as follows:

i. Individuals must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet as far as feasible.

ii. Use of face covers/masks is mandatory at all times within the premises. However, during yoga exercise or exercising in gymnasiums, as far as possible only a visor may be used. Use of mask (in particular N-95 masks) during exercise may cause difficulty in breathing.

It asked people to frequently wash hands with soap (for at least 40-60 seconds) even when hands are not visibly dirty. Use of alcohol-based hand sanitisers (for at least 20 seconds) have been recommended wherever feasible.

Respiratory etiquettes are also to be strictly followed. This involves the strict practice of covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue/handkerchief/flexed elbow and disposing of used tissues properly.


The ministry guidelines have advised for self-monitoring of health by all and reporting any illness at the earliest to state and district helpline.

Spitting has been strictly prohibited as it can lead to the spread of the virus. Installation and use of Aarogya Setu App shall be advised to all

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