Delhi allows academic gatherings, meet at schools, colleges
The Delhi government has allowed auditoriums and assembly halls in schools and educational institutions to function with 50 per cent seating capacity for training and meeting purposes, from Monday.
As per an order issued by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Saturday, academic gatherings and meetings at schools and colleges will be allowed but physical teaching and learning will continue to remain suspended at educational institutes.
All schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will remain closed and online or distance learning will be allowed, said the order.
"Only teachers and professors will be allowed inside educational institutions for online lectures and other administrative work," it added.
As per the order, Delhi Police and Army personnel can attend skill training classes and will no longer require to take permission from the DDMA to attend these programmes.
Political, social, cultural festivals and such other gatherings will continue to remain prohibited. Other services that will remain closed in the national capital include cinema halls, multiplexes, spas, theatres, entertainment parks.
These activities have been prohibited since the imposition of lockdown in Delhi on April 19 due to a sharp surge in COVID infections. Restrictions on these activities will remain so till 5 am on July 26, said the order.
Public transport, including Delhi Metro, will continue to ply with 50 per cent seating capacity. DTC and cluster buses will also run with 50 per cent seating capacity, the order stated.
Last week, Delhi allowed sports complexes and stadiums to reopen without spectators as part of the next phase of unlocking as the second coronavirus wave recedes in the national capital.