All Schools, Colleges and Universities to remain closed in J&K till 15 May: LG Manoj Sinha

Srinagar: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Sunday said that all Schools, Colleges and Universities across Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory shall remain closed till 15th May 2021 in wake of Sharp rise in Covid-19 cases.

All Universities & Colleges in J&K shall remain closed for imparting on-campus/ in-person education to the students till 15.05.2021, except for the courses/programs that require physical presence of students on account of laboratory / research/thesis work and internship etc, LG said in a tweet.

He said Colleges will move to online teaching mode.

In a series of tweets he said “All Schools in J&K shall continue to remain closed for imparting on-campus/ in-person education to the students till 15.05.2021.”

He said “The ceiling on the number of people permitted to attend gatherings/functions shall be 20 in case of funerals; 50 for all kinds of gatherings at indoor venues and 100 for all kind of gatherings at outdoor venues.”

“Matadors / Buses / Mini buses and other modes of public transport shall ply strictly as per their registered / authorized seating capacity. No standing will be allowed,” he said.

The District Superintendents of Police shall ensure that this is strictly complied with and punitive measures are taken under relevant provisions of the Law.

The existing guideline for compulsory testing of all incoming passengers to J&K shall be strongly enforced.

All passengers or travelers coming to J&K, whether by rail, road or air, will have to compulsorily undergo a COVID-19 antigen test through any of the prescribed methods as per the protocol of the GoJK.

All District Magistrates shall put in place an effective mechanism to ensure COVID appropriate behaviour in all crowded markets / shopping complexes and Malls.

In this regard, necessary cooperation and support of the local Bazar / market associations may also be taken. Strict action will be taken if anyone is found in violation.

Market associations are encouraged to voluntarily try to stagger opening timings/ schedules to reduce crowds. (KIMS)

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