The Delhi government has now allowed auditoriums or assembly halls in educational institutions of the national capital to function, but with certain restrictions.
Academic meetings in schools and universities are allowed, but only at 50% capacity. However, students are still not allowed to physically visit the institutions, the government said.
“Only teachers and professors are allowed in educational institutions for online lectures and other administrative work,” the state government said in a statement.
In addition, Delhi Police and Army personnel are also allowed to attend skills training courses without authorization from the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA).
Spas, social, political, cultural, religious and other such gatherings remain prohibited.
Prior to this, the Delhi government had allowed the reopening of stadiums and sports complexes without spectators last week as part of its phased unlocking plan.
However, the functioning of cinema halls, theaters and multiplexes remained prohibited. The DDMA had also said that all educational institutions and amusement parks will remain closed.
In addition, banquet halls, auditoriums, gatherings for social or political purposes and swimming pools had to remain closed.
There will be strict adherence to standard operating procedure and other government guidelines, and adherence to appropriate Covid behavior, the DDMA had said.
Sunday’s decision comes against the background of the national capital which registered 76 new Covid-19 cases and one death from the disease on Saturday, while the positivity rate fell to 0.09%.
The new fatality brought the death toll in Delhi to 25,012.
The DDMA on Friday adopted a color-coded action plan to define the severity of restrictions in line with the Covid-19 situation in the national capital.
The plan includes ceasing most economic activity on the highest ‘red’ level alarm when the positivity rate exceeds 5%.
The color codes, also known as alerts – yellow, amber, orange and red – are based on the positivity rate on two consecutive days, cumulative numbers of new infections during a week and the average weekly occupancy rate of oxygen beds during a week.
Shops/establishments selling essential goods and services are allowed regardless of the warning category, while religious sites are open but without visitors.
With this plan, there will be no more confusion about imposing a lockdown or when it will be lifted.
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