Kohima: The Government of Nagaland has ordered the closure of all the schools in the State, including the residential schools, for students of Class 1 to Class 8 with immediate effect till further orders, in view of the steep rise in COVID-19 cases in the country, and the urgent need to take preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the Nagaland.
According to official sources, Nagaland Chief Secretary J. Alam has ordered that the kindergarten and pre-primary classes in all the schools in the state shall also continue to remain closed.
“Schools may continue imparting teaching through online mode for all the classes, and carrying out other activities with strict adherence to COVID-19 appropriate behaviors and other necessary measures, as they were doing before they opened for regular/physical classes,” it added. The conduct of regular classes for students of Class 9 to Class 12 will continue for now, subject to strict adherence to all the provisions of the SOP.
The order said that the ongoing HSLC and HSSLC Examinations, 2021, will continue to be held with strict observance of all the provisions of the SOP for preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Meanwhile, in view of the surge in the number of Covid-19 cases across the country and in Nagaland, the state government has advised all the district task forces (DTFs) to take urgent measures for preventing the spread of Corona Virus disease in the state.
In an official communication, Nagaland Principal Secretary for Home Abhijit Sinha has advised the respective task forces to consider restricting the assembly of four or more persons from 7 PM to 5 AM in the urban areas. The State Government also suggested opening of markets on alternate days especially in the crowded areas and allowing plying of vehicles with odd and even registered numbers on alternate days in the urban areas. The Home Department issued a notice advising all District Task Forces (DTF) to urgently convene meetings, and after studying the COVID-19 situation as existing in their respective districts, and taking into account other relevant local factors, consider taking several measures.
Kohima District Administration also decided to strictly enforce COVID appropriate behaviour in the district especially mandatory wearing of masks in public places and practising social physical distance. In an order, Kohima Deputy Commissioner Gregory Thejawelie directed organizers of social, academic, entertainment, cultural, political, religious functions, shops, markets, restaurants, hotels, business establishments, government and private offices, educational and religious establishments, public transport to strictly enforce COVID appropriate behaviours. All gatherings outside the containment zone, which is permissible, would be limited to 50 per cent of seating capacity or 200 persons, whichever is lower. Thermal screening would also be mandatory for all gatherings, the order said.