Govt lifts weekend lockdown in J-K

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The Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to lift the weekend lockdown and also permitted the coaching centres in the Union Territory to resume offline teaching with 50 per cent capacity.

This was ordered by the State Executive Committee (SEC) headed by Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir. However, it has stated that the previous Covid containment measures notified under various orders on 29-05-2021, 22-10-2021, 28-12-2021 and 30-01-2022.

As per the order all Colleges, Schools, Polytechnics, ITIs, etc shall continue to adopt online medium of teaching. There shall be no in-person teaching.

“Coaching Centres for Civil Services/Engineering/NEET etc. are permitted to adopt offline medium of teaching at 50% of their capacity subject to condition that both faculty members as well as students are fully vaccinated and the Head of the centre ensures due precautions such as CAB and adherence to SOP.”

“Educational institutions shall be permitted to direct attendance of vaccinated staff for administrative purposes only. The Head of the institution must ensure that guidelines related to social distancing and Covid Appropriate Behaviour (CAB) are strictly followed.”

“Night Curfew shall continue to remain in force in all Districts from 10 pm to 6 am with complete restriction on non-essential movement. All Deputy Commissioners shall intensify testing and ensure full utilization of available RT-PCR and RAT capacities. There shall be no drop in testing levels.”

“Chief Medical Officers of all districts shall submit a daily report regarding the utilisation of available RT-PCR capacities to the District Magistratesconcerned. Besides, District Magistrates shall also go for capacity expansion of the RT-PCR testing as per the requirement.”

It also added that the Deputy Commissioners shall also focus on the positivity rates of the Medical-Blocks under their jurisdictions. Intensified measures related to Covid management and restriction of activities shall be undertaken in these Blocks. (KNO)

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