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Himachal gov’t relaxes limit on gatherings, reopens schools

(TibetanReview.net, Jan17’21) – Following major decline in Covid cases, the government of Himachal Pradesh has on Jan 15 decided to open summer-closing schools for students from Feb 1 while classes in winter-closing schools would begin from Feb 15, reported the tribuneindia.com Jan 15. This was followed by a decision Jan 16 to further relax the limit on gatherings, said a tribuneindia.com report Jan 17.

Tibetan schools in the state are winter-closing schools.

The report said the decision to open schools was taken by the cabinet at its meeting chaired by chief minister Jai Ram Thakur on Jan 15. All the government colleges would be opened for regular classes from Feb 8, 2021 after winter vacations by following the laid down SOPs, the report said.

However, online system for education under Har Ghar Pathshala would continue, the report said, adding, a similar system can be adopted by the private schools in the State. 

Strict use of face masks, social distancing and the use of sanitizers in the school premises are to be ensured.

Meanwhile, the Disaster Management Cell of the Revenue Department, Government of Himachal Pradesh, has issued an order to increase the maximum gathering of people by 50% of holding capacity – with a ceiling of 200 persons in closed places – in all social, religious, sports, entertainment, cultural, education and religious functions.

Earlier, the limit on all kinds of gatherings was 50.

Besides, in open spaces, the limit on gatherings shall be 50% of the total capacity of the ground or open space, subject to the compliance of the SOPs regarding social distancing, the report said.

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