The country is currently ravaged by an unprecedented rise in COVID-19 infections. The 3rd wave, as popularly referred to, has now veiled the country once again in despair and compelled several states and cities to put major restrictions on day-to-day activities. In this regard, Jaipur recorded a major rise in COVID cases on Friday, January 07. Following such a drastic development, government officials (DMs) have published a revised set of the “COVID 19 guidelines for School/Colleges“.
For Schools in Rajasthan
Under the guidelines, schools and coaching classes in schools as well as various other academic activities remain closed till January 30, 2022. All government and private run schools are required to follow the guidelines. Online classes may be conducted as an altervative. However, it has also been mentioned that students from class tenth, eleventh and twelfth may be allowed to attend doubt clearing sessions in coaching or schools only after carrying their parent’s written permission and their vaccination certificate for proof of immunization.
For Colleges/Coaching Institutes in Rajasthan
Those attending colleges and universities are allowed by the state government to attend colleges/universities as well as coaching classes provided they follow Covid 19 regulations appropriately. As per the government, a minimum distance of two yards (do gaz) must be maintained between the pupils along with consistent use of face masks and frequent hand sanitization. It has also been specified that schools finding it difficult to maintain proper hygiene and sanitization may also ensure fifty percent attendance every day by using the rotation system. In addition, it is compulsory for college students to get the second dose of vaccine on or before January 31, 2022.
Academic institutions have been encouraged to commence classes online in light of the new Omicron variant. Previously, the respective District Magistrates of Kota, Jaipur, and Jabalpur had already put restrictions on offline classes in the schools in their districts. Work from home has also been imposed upon the teachers. Classes for grades 1 to 8 had previously been suspended till 8 January. An additional “weekend curfew” has been put to effect from Saturday 11 PM till Monday, 5 AM.
Restrictions at other places
Religious centers have been scheduled to open only three hours a day that is from morning 5 AM to 8 AM. Restaurants in the state will remain open only in 50 percent capacity till 10 o’clock at night. Similarly, cinema halls will also run in fifty percent capacity till 8 o’clock in the night. In the case of festive gatherings and parties maximum of 50 people may be present. If those attending the celebrations don’t follow proper pandemic guidelines and show recklessness by avoiding face masks, they may be fined a sum of ten thousand rupees.