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Nagaland Govt declares summer break for schools, colleges amid COVID-19 surge

SOPs for schools
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Dimapur, April 29: The Government of Nagaland on Thursday declared summer break for all schools and colleges in the State with effect from April 30 until further notice.
However, online/distance learning will continue to be permitted and encouraged, the Government said.

But with the declaration of summer break today, most schools also promptly put on hold online classes for Class 1 to 8 being conducted since April 20 after the Government closed down schools for lower classes. Whatsapp messages from schools to students/parents were received by Thursday afternoon informing students of the summer break and that there will be no online classes during the break.
Issuing fresh consolidated guidelines for implementation throughout the State from April 30 to May 13 to prevent the spread of Covid-19 on Thursday, the Government also closed all coaching/vocational institutions/student hostels etc.
All cinema halls, swimming pools, gymnasiums, entertainment parks, auditoriums, theatres, assembly halls, sports complexes and stadiums, and similar places shall also remain closed. Besides all public places in the State like parks, museums, libraries, re-creation centres, etc. shall also be closed.
The Government also restricted public gatherings outside containment zones to not more than 30% of the capacity of the venue or 100 persons, whichever is lower. Similar guidelines were issued in respect of religious places/ place of worship.
Entry and exit points
Any inbound traveller/returnee will be permitted to enter the State through Dimapur by train, air or by road through the New Field Check Gate and the Dillai Gate; and by road through Khuzama in Kohima district, Tsutapela and Watiyongpang in Mokokchung district, Naginimora and Tizit in Mon district, Bhandari in Wokha district and Lanye and Akash Bridge in Phek district.
The new guideline permitted movement of people within the State subject to adherence to COVID-19 behaviour. The intra and inter district movement of private and passenger vehicles of every category is also permitted across the State.
Shops/markets
The guideline permitted shopping malls to open outside the containment zones subject to strict adherence to the provisions of the SOP. Shops and hawker stalls of all categories located in marketing complexes and crowded areas like Hongkong Market, New Market in Dimapur Town, BOC Market in Kohima etc. have also been allowed to open and operate with condition.
A fine of Rs 200 shall be imposed on persons not wearing mask in public places, work places, and during transport, it said.
Offices
The Civil Secretariat and Directorates in Kohima and Dimapur and all the Government offices in the districts shall continue to function with attendance of officers of Deputy Secretary and above in the Secretariat, and Deputy Director and above in the Directorate and the Head of Office and immediate junior in the District offices being mandatory. For other categories of officers and staff, a roster system shall be worked out whereby 50% staff attends office every alternate week. The entry of public visitors to offices, unless of essential nature, will be prohibited.
District administration, police, Security Forces/agencies and medical and essential service providers like Treasury, Fire & Emergency Services, Home Guards & Civil Defence, Prisons, PHED, Power, NIC, DIPR, Postal Services, Food & Civil Supplies, Social Welfare, IT&C, Veterinary & Animal Husbandry, Municipalities/Councils, AIR, Doordarshan, BSNL, Public Sector Banks, ATMs shall continue to operate as per the current arrangements.
The guidelines also advised persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years to take necessary precautions. (Page News Service)

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