Coronavirus outbreak: Central govt proposes nationwide closure for schools, colleges till March 31

Coronavirus outbreak: Central govt proposes nationwide closure for schools, colleges till March 31

NEW DELHI [Maha Media]: The government on Monday issued a fresh advisory on social distancing measures in view of the growing number of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in the country. It is also formulating a strategy as to how to go about with coronavirus casualties.

All the proposed interventions will be in force till March 31, 2020, when the government will take a call after reviewing the situation.

The government has suggested closure of all educational establishments (schools, colleges, universities etc.), gymnasiums, museums, cultural and social centres, swimming pools and theatres till March 31. The Centre has also written to all the Chief Secretaries to promote online education.

The Centre advised the states to explore the possibility of postponing exams. The ongoing exams will be conducted only after ensuring a physical distance of one metre between the students. In this hour of need, the government has asked the private sector to allow employees to work from home wherever feasible.

“Meetings, as far as feasible, shall be done through video conferencing. Minimise or reschedule meetings involving a large number of people unless necessary,” read a government statement.

While many continue to throng the eateries, the Centre has strongly urged restaurants to ensure handwashing protocol and proper cleanliness of frequently touched surfaces. “Ensure physical distancing (minimum one metre) between tables; encourage open-air seating with adequate distancing,” said the advisory.

Those who have already planned a wedding are allowed to go ahead but are requested to have a limited gathering. All non-essential social and cultural gatherings should be postponed, the advisory said. Meanwhile, local authorities have been asked to have a dialogue with the organisers of sporting events involving large gatherings and urge them to postpone such events. With all the restrictions in place, the fate of the Indian Premier League (IPL) also hangs in the balance.

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