Chandigarh, July 20 (MNN) Schools in Punjab would reopen for students of Classes 10, 11, and 12 from July 26, even as the state announced more relaxations in restrictions imposed amid the second wave of coronavirus.
If the situation remains under control, the remaining classes would be resumed from August 2, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said on Tuesday.
The number of people allowed at indoor gatherings had been increased to 150 and outdoors to 300, subject to an upper limit of 50 per cent of the capacity of the premises.
Taking note of a decline in coronavirus positivity rate to 0.3, and reproduction number (Rt) at 0.75 for Punjab (lower than national average), the Chief Minister said that schools would reopen for Classes 10 to 12, but only teachers and staff who are fully vaccinated shall be allowed to be physically present in schools.
Physical presence of the students at schools shall be purely based on the consent of parents concerned and the option of virtual classes for teaching shall continue.
An undertaking to this effect shall be submitted to the Deputy Commissioners concerned, he directed.
With respect to social gatherings, the Chief Minister said that artistes/musicians shall be allowed at such functions/celebrations in all areas, subject to adherence to Covid protocols.
The relaxations came days after the Chief Minister had ordered 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.
The Chief Minister said during a virtual review meeting on Covid situation in Punjab that the month wise whole genome sequencing has shown that Delta variant was predominant even in June. However, there are no new cases of the Delta Plus variant, he noted.