Reopening of Schools in Punjab: As per the updates, the Punjab government allowed the reopening of schools for classes 10th, 11th and 12th from 26th July. The decision comes after the COVID-19 situation improves in the state. During a COVID review meeting, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said schools will be allowed to open from classes 10th to 12th but only those teachers and staff will be allowed to be physically present who are fully vaccinated.
Consent of Parents
The presence of students at schools will be purely at the consent of parents. Also, the virtual classes will continue along with physical classes. An undertaking to this effect has to be submitted to the deputy commissioner concerned.
Remaining classes may be allowed in Punjab from 2nd August
If the situation remains under control, the remaining classes will similarly be allowed to open from 2nd August 2021, the chief minister announced, pointing out that Cambridge University has predicted that the cases will further decline in the coming weeks.
Reopening of other Public Institutions
He had also earlier allowed colleges, coaching centres and all other institutions of higher learning to open with similar compliance. The relaxations came days after the chief minister had ordered the reopening of bars, cinema halls, restaurants, spas, swimming pools, coaching centres, sports complexes, gyms, malls, museums, zoos, etc. at 50% capacity with vaccine compliance. With respect to social gatherings, the chief minister said artists or musicians will be allowed at such functions or celebrations in all areas, with adherence to the due COVID-19 protocols.
COVID-19 Situation in Punjab
Punjab till Monday had recorded 16,237 coronavirus deaths and 5,98,387 infections, respectively. The chief minister, during a virtual review meeting of the COVID-19 situation, said that the month-wise genome sequencing has shown that more than 90% of COVID-19 cases is due to a variant of concern i.e. the original virus has been practically replaced by variants, and the Delta variant remained predominant even in the month of June. However, there are no new cases of the Delta Plus variant, he noted.