Jamshedpur 30th July 2021: Higher classes in schools, final year classes in colleges may begin in Jamshedpur and other parts of the state from Saturday.
The Jharkhand government, in a release issued on Friday evening, has allowed further relaxation of the lockdown, especially for commercial establishments, and educational institutions, due to the decrease in the cases of Covid-19.
As per the new guidelines, offline classes can resume for students of classes 9 to 12. But the schools will remain open till noon and children will be allowed inside only after the permission of the parents.
It will see classes in schools and colleges after almost three months as educational institutions were closed from April 21 this year as the second wave of Covid cases witnessed a surge.
In addition, colleges can also reopen for final year classes of both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. To return to classes lasting until noon, students are required to be vaccinated with at least one dose.
Students above 18 years of age can only attend coaching classes, provided they have at least one dose of an anti-covid jab. Teachers also need vaccinations. A class can function only with 50% capacity.
Online classes will also have to continue simultaneously in all educational institutions, including colleges.
The presence of teaching and non-teaching staff in schools and colleges is mandatory.
All staff and students will be tested for COVID-19 at regular intervals.
Other relaxations also include allowing cinema halls and multiplexes to resume service at 50% capacity.
Restaurants and bars can also operate with the same rule till 10 pm.
All shops in all districts can remain open till 8 pm. But establishments other than restaurants, bars, and essential services (grocery stores, and fruit and vegetable shops) will have to remain closed from 8 pm on Saturday to 6 am on Monday.
In addition, all government and private offices can allow 100% of their employees to return to work.
In other instructions, all private and government offices will function with 100% capacity, and all shops, except those dealing in essential commodities, will remain closed from 8 pm on Saturday to 6 am on Monday.
Cinema halls, bars, multiplexes will open with 50% capacity.
However, a gathering of more than 100 people will not be allowed at open places, and religious places will remain closed and inter-state buses will be allowed to resume.
No e-pass will be required for interstate travel while swimming pools will remain closed.
A health department bulletin said on Thursday that 27 new Covid-19 cases were reported in Jharkhand in the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 3,47,049.
The death toll due to the disease rose to 5,126 in the state, while one fresh death due to the infection was reported from East Singhbhum.
Out of 27 new cases, Bokaro reported six cases, followed by Ranchi with four and Deoghar with three.
Jharkhand now has 237 active Covid-19 cases, while 3,41,686 patients, including 36, have recovered from the disease during the last 24 hours, the bulletin said.
Despite this, the mortality rate in the state stood at 1.47%, which is higher than the national average of 1.30%.
The recovery rate in the state has increased to 98.45%, which is better than the national average of 97.40%.
Apart from this, ITI skill development centers and polytechnics will be opened and a single dose of vaccination has been made mandatory for them too.
The government has said that it will regularly conduct Covid tests of students and teachers and other staff in schools and other educational institutions, apart from which it will remain closed.