Schools, colleges to re-open only after consultation with stakeholders: MHA
New Delhi, June 01: The Union Home Ministry has asked states to consult stakeholders before opening schools and colleges.
The MHA asked the states to consult the stakeholders and then provide feedback to the Centre on re-opening of schools and colleges. The guidelines issued by the MHA speaks of re-opening schools and colleges during phase II of unlocking the country. A decision on this would be taken after July 1, the MHA had also said in its order issued on Saturday.
The MHA said that the states and UTs have been asked to hold consultations with stake holders, parents and at the institution level. You are advised to send the feedback on the consultations held, so that a timely decision can be taken, the MHA also said.
On Saturday, the MHA extended the nation-wide lockdown to June 30. However, malls, restaurants can open from June 8, the latest guidelines say.
The night curfew has been relaxed and now movement will be prohibited from 9 pm to 5 am across the country.
There would be a phased re-opening of areas outside the containment zones. In areas outside the containment zones all activities will be permitted except the certain ones which will be prescribed in a phased manner.
In phase I, religious places will be allowed from June 8. Hotels, restaurants, other hospitality services and shopping malls will be allowed to open from June 8.
In phase 2, schools, colleges, educational, training, coaching institutions will open after consultations with the states and UTs. Based on the feedback a decision on re-opening of these institutions will be taken in the month of July 2020.
In phase 3 based on the assessment of the situation, dates for re-starting the following activities will be decided:
International air travel of passengers, except as permitted by the MHA
Cinema halls, gyms, swimming polls, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places.
Social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions and other large congregations.
The Ministry of Home Affairs in its order said that the movement of individuals shall remain strictly prohibited between 9 pm and 5 pm throughout the country, except for essential activities.
The lockdown shall remain in force in the containment zones until June 30. The containment zones shall be demarcated by the district authorities. In containment zones, there shall be strict control and no movement of people inside and outside these zones.
The states shall also identify buffer zones outside the containment zones where new cases are more likely to occur.
There shall be no restriction on inter-state and intra-state travel. No separate permission, approval or e-permit will be required for such movements.
However, if a state of UT based on reasons of public health and its assessment of the station proposes to regulate movement of persons, it will be given wide publicity in advance regarding the restrictions to be placed on such movement and the related procedures to be followed, the MHA order also says.
Movement of passenger trains and Shramik special trains, domestic passenger air travel, movement of Indian nationals stranded outside the country and of specified persons to travel abroad, evacuation of foreign nations and sign on and sign off of Indian seafarers will continue to be regulated as per the SOPs issued.
Persons above the age of 65, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant woman and children below the age of 10 have been advised to stay at home, except for essential and health purposes, the order also reads.