Chandigarh: The Punjab government on Tuesday ordered reopening of schools for Classes 10 to 12 from July 26 as it further relaxed Covid curbs in the state.
“Schools for Classes 10, 11, and 12 in Punjab are all set to open from July 26, with Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday announcing further relaxations, including the increase in the number of people in indoor gatherings to 150 and outdoors to 300, subject to an upper limit of 50 per cent of the capacity,” read an official release by the Punjab Chief Minister Office.
Taking note of the decline in Covi positivity to 0.3 per cent, with Reproduction number (Rt) at 0.75 for Punjab (lower than the national average), the Chief Minister said schools will be allowed to open for classes 10 to 12, but only those teachers and staff shall be allowed to be physically present who are fully vaccinated.
Physical presence of the students shall be purely at the consent of the parents and the option of virtual classes shall be continued.
An undertaking to this effect shall be submitted to the Deputy Commissioners concerned, he directed. If the situation remains under control, the remaining classes shall similarly be allowed to open from August 2, the Chief Minister announced while further pointing out that the Cambridge University has predicted that the cases shall further decline in the coming weeks.
Besides this, the state government also announced to increase the number of people for indoor events to 150 and outdoor programmes to 300, subject to an upper limit of 50 per cent of the capacity of the venue, a statement said.
The announcement came days after the Chief Minister had ordered the opening of bars, cinema halls, restaurants, spas, swimming pools, coaching centres, sports complexes, gyms, malls, museums, zoos, etc at 50 per cent with vaccine compliance. He had also earlier allowed colleges, coaching centres and all other institutions of higher learning to open with similar compliance.
Punjab till Monday had recorded 16,237 coronavirus deaths and 5,98,387 infections, respectively.
(With inputs from ANI and PTI)