Chandigarh partially reopens schools; gyms and markets allowed to stay open till 10 pm


The Chandigarh administration has decided to reopen schools for classes 10 to 12. The administration has also allowed gyms and markets to stay open till 10 PM.

Students returning to school for offline classes must have had at least one dose of vaccination | Representative image from PTI

Amid a drop in the number of daily and actives cases of Covid-19, the Chandigarh administration on Thursday announced relaxation in pandemic-linked restrictions.

The UT administration has decided to reopen schools for classes 10 to 12 from February 1 with the condition that students ageing 15 to 18 must have had at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine before attending the offline classes.

All officials, students, etc, of age group of 18 years and above should be fully vaccinated, the administration said in a notice issued on Thursday.

Universities and colleges have also been allowed to resume offline classes.

The administration has allowed coaching institutions to operate at 50 per cent capacity with the condition that all students from 15 to 18 years should have received single dose of vaccination and students or staff above 18 years of age are fully vaccinated.

As per the notice, all gyms and health centre have also been allowed to operate till 10 PM at 50 per cent capacity subject to all staff present and the users being fully vaccinated.

Similarly, all markets, including Apni Mandis, will be allowed to remain open till 10 PM.

The administration has also decided to resume boating at Sukhna Lake. The visitors will be allowed to boat from 5 AM to 10 PM. However, the shops in the premises of Sukhna Lake will be open subject to compliance of Covid appropriate behaviour and proper sanitisation.

The decision was taken in view of a decline in the positivity rate in the city. On Wednesday, the city reported 618 Covid-19 cases and two deaths. The active case load of the city was 6,149, while the positivity rate was at 12.11 per cent.

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