In Punjab, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday announced further relaxations in the Covid restrictions including opening of Schools for Classes 10, 11, and 12 from July 26, increase in the number of people in indoor gatherings to 150 and outdoors to 300, subject to an upper limit of 50% of the capacity.
Chief Minister said only those teachers and staff shall be allowed to be physically present who are fully vaccinated. Physical presence of the students shall be purely at the consent of the parents and the option of virtual classes shall be continued.
He said that Covid positivity rate has declined to 0.3 %, with reproduction number (Rt) at 0.75 (lower than the national average) in the state. He said, If the situation remains under control, the remaining classes shall similarly be allowed to open from 2nd August.
With respect to social gatherings, the Chief Minister said artists, singers shall be allowed at such functions/celebrations in all areas, with adherence to Covid protocol.
The relaxations came days after the Chief Minister had ordered opening of bars, cinema halls, restaurants, spas, swimming pools, coaching centres, sports complexes, gyms, malls, museums, zoos, etc. at 50 % with vaccine compliance. He had also earlier allowed colleges, coaching centres and all other institutions of higher learning to open with similar compliance.