Lockdown extended up to September 30 in J&K

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Issuing fresh guidelines on preventive measures for covid19, the government extended lockdown up to September 30 in Jammu and Kashmir.

As per the guidelines, all schools, colleges, coaching institutions and anganwadi centres will remain closed. However, the training institutions run by the central and state governments have been exempted.

The guidelines provide: “50 percent teaching and non-teaching staff will be permitted to be called to schools for online teaching/tele-counselling and related work in areas outside containment zones only with effect from 21 September 2020.

“Students of classes 9 to 12 are permitted to visit their schools in areas outside the containment zones only on a voluntary basis for taking guidance from their teachers with effect from 21 September 2020. This shall, however, be permitted subject to written consent of their parents/guidance as per the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to be issued in this regard by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India  subsequently.

“The higher education institution will be permitted only for research scholars (PhD) and PG students of technical and professional programmes requiring lab/experimental works, only after notification of date by the department of higher education, upon clearance of the Minister of Home Affairs (MHA).

“All cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, spas, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places, however, open air theatres will be permitted to open with effect from September 21.

“The social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions and other gatherings and congregations with a ceiling of 100 persons will be permitted with effect from September 31 with conditions of norms and religious places will remain open with certain conditions.”

The guidelines further provide: “The persons above 65 age, persons with co-morbidities pregnant women and children below 10 shall stay home. No Deputy Commissioner or any subordinate Magistrate shall impose any local lockdown, outside notified containment zones, without prior consultation with the state executive committee which shall if required conveyed its decision only after consulting MHA.

“There will be no restrictions on entry of passengers, returnees or travelers coming to Jammu and Kashmir whether by road, rail or by air. However, they will have to compulsorily undergo covid antigen test. The road travelers shall, however, be under 14 days of quarantine till test reports come negative.

“Any movement of persons from or to containment/red zone districts will require permission from the District Magistrate concerned, if such movement includes intra-inter district movement from Divisional Commissioner concerned. If such movement involves inter-province or inter-UT state movement and all such movements will be subject to health regulation or protocol.”