With the rapid increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, the district collector of Kota, Rajasthan has announced the closure of schools and coaching institutes. The offline classes up to class 8 and the coaching centres will now remain closed. Despite that, these students will now move back to the online mode of learning. As a result, the schools and the coaching institutes will now remain closed from January 10 to 17, 2022. All offline academic activities will remain closed as per the stipulated dates and students have to continue with online classes.
All government and private schools will now have to follow this instruction. The schools have been provided with the necessary guidelines regarding the matter. District Collector Ujjwal Rathod has imposed certain guidelines keeping in mind the rising COVID-19 cases in Kota. These stakeholders of every district have been entrusted with the responsibility to take necessary action keeping in mind the COVID-19 situation in their respective districts.
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot has introduced the strict imposition of ‘No Mask, No Entry’ in the entire state. The schools up to class 8 have already been closed in Jaipur and Jabalpur and the classes have already shifted to the online mode. The state government has increased strictness after taking into consideration the rising cases each day. A fine of Rs 10,000 will be imposed on those who will reach any public place, marriage ceremony, social and religious ceremony without masks, and double doses of vaccine.
Additionally, more than 100 people will not be allowed to participate in functions. In case there is gathering in any such function, then the organizer will have to pay a fine of Rs 10,000. Similarly, a fine of Rs 10,000 will be imposed on functions where there will be flouting of social distancing norms and improper sanitization.
As per the instructions of the state government, only 50% of employees have been called to the government offices from Friday onwards. The remaining employees will have to continue with the ‘Work from Home’ protocol. According to the new provision, disabled employees above 55 years will not be allowed to come to the offices. Furthermore, night curfews will be strictly enforced from 11 PM to 5 AM. People who will roam aimlessly at night will be booked under the Epidemic Act. Their vehicles will also be confiscated. The state government had to amend the existing COVID-19 guidelines and introduce new orders in light of the present situation.