The government of Rajasthan has given the green light for a gradual resumption of offline lessons for students in grades 1-8.
In accordance with a decree issued on Friday, the government authorized the reopening of schools for grades 6 to 5 from September 20. On top of that, schools can resume for grades 1-5 from September 27th.
All classes will operate at 50% of their capacity, the order said, adding that the state had already authorized the reopening of universities, colleges, coaching classes and schools for students in grades 9 to 12.
The state government has said that all teaching and non-teaching staff in schools must be vaccinated with at least one dose of the Covid vaccine 14 days before reopening.
Online courses will continue. However, to attend classes offline, all students will need to bring a consent letter from their parents. Pupils also cannot be forced to come to school and they will not be counted as “absent”.
In addition, all boarding schools / ashrams run by the Tribal Development Department and run by the Maa Bari Centers and the Social Justice and Empowerment Department can also reopen from September 20, in accordance with all appropriate Covid standards.
The government has also said that all cinemas, theaters and multiplexes will be able to admit at 100% of their capacity from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., only those who have been vaccinated with at least the first dose.
Gyms and yoga centers will also be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. only for those who have taken their first dose. The same vaccination rule has also been imposed on swimming pools which can open from September 20.
The nighttime curfew between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. will continue statewide.
The state health department said 24 of Rajasthan’s 33 districts reported no cases of Covid-19 as of Thursday. The state has also not witnessed any deaths from the coronavirus.
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