The Delhi government has allowed academic gatherings and meetings in schools and colleges from Monday as part of the seventh phase of the easing of the Covid lockdown in the national capital. However, students are not allowed to physically attend educational institutions, Arvind Kejriwal’s government said today.
“Only teachers and professors are allowed to enter educational institutions for online lectures and other administrative work,” the government statement reads.
The exemption has also been granted to Delhi police and military personnel to attend skills training. They no longer need to request permission from the Department Of Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) to attend these programs.
No more than 50 percent should be gathered in the auditorium and assembly hall of the school or educational institution, it said.
Spas, social, political, cultural, religious and other such gatherings remain prohibited.
Last week, the DDMA authorized the reopening of stadiums and sports complexes for those training for national and international competitions or holding similar events. However, spectators will still be denied access to the stadiums.
The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) said there will be strict adherence to standard operating procedure and other government guidelines, and adherence to Covid-appropriate behaviour.
Delhi Metro trains and public transport buses are already allowed to run at 50 percent seating capacity under the phased easing of coronavirus restrictions.
The easing of the lockdown comes as the number of coronavirus infections in the city has been on a downward trend for almost two weeks.
On Saturday, Delhi reported 76 new cases – the 11th consecutive day that the city has reported fewer than 100 new cases.
The positivity rate in the city currently stands at 0.09 percent and there are 792 active cases.