The Jharkhand government said today that schools in the state will remain closed for the time being for students below grade 6. Offline lessons have been allowed from grades 6 to 8 in schools, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
All colleges will reopen and they will operate as before, said state health minister Banna Gupta.
The state government has also allowed visitors to enter religious places, including the famous Baidyanath Dham temple in Deoghar, and allowed the placement of Durga puja pandals subject to compliance with the Covid-19 protocol.
Bars and restaurants have been allowed to open until 11 p.m., following a decision taken at a meeting of the Jharkhand State Disaster Management Authority chaired by Chief Minister Hemant Soren.
“Authorization has been given for the entry of the faithful into all religious places. It will be compulsory for those concerned (priest, panda, imam, pastor, etc.) in religious places to have taken at least one dose. vaccination, ”Soren said in a tweet after the meeting. He said that within an hour, a maximum of 100 people will be able to enter using electronic passes to religious places identified by the district magistrate as the Baba Dham temple in Deoghar.
People were allowed to assemble in religious places, provided that the gathering did not exceed 50 percent of the capacity of the place. The entry of under 18s will be prohibited.
The COVID protocol like social distancing and the wearing of masks have been made mandatory.
“Authorization has been given for the construction of the Durga Puja pandals, but the entry of worshipers will be prohibited. It will be prohibited to assemble more than 50% of the capacity or more than 25 people (whichever is less). There will be a ban on holding fairs and the maximum height of the idol will be 5 feet, while there will be no arch or reception door, ”Soren said in another tweet. . A statement from the chief minister’s secretariat said pandals will not be allowed to be theme-based and will be covered from three sides. In addition, ‘bhog’ (prasad) will not be distributed.
In addition, the puja organizing committees will not issue invitation cards and the use of bright lighting in the pandal will be limited, he said.
The statement said all cultural programs such as garba and dandiya performances will be banned. There will be no food stalls and no immersion procession after the Puja.
“The immersion will take place at the location identified by the district administration,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, Jharkhand reported six new COVID-19 infections and no deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the state’s health department on Monday.
Ranchi added five new cases, followed by East Singhbhum with one case.
As a result, the total number of cases rose to nearly 3.5 lakh (3,489,079), including 117 active cases.
The death toll stood at 5,133 with a death rate of 1.47%.
In addition, total recoveries reached 3,429,829, of which 16 recoveries were recorded in the last 24 hours. The recovery rate is 98.49 percent.
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