Haryana allows all universities to reopen for in-person classes, then backs down

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The Haryana government on Sunday extended the partial lockdown of Covid-19 (Mahamari-Surakshit Haryana Alert) for another fortnight (until October 18), while allowing various relaxations and authorizing the reopening of universities in a first time, before retracting.

The order to extend the partial lockdown was issued by Chief Secretary Vijai Vardhan, who is also the chairman of the Haryana State Executive Committee of the State Disaster Management Authority.

Although the administration initially allowed residential universities to conduct courses offline, but only after adopting SOPs for appropriate behavior at Covid, it subsequently withdrew its order.

“Industrial training institutes (ITIs) are authorized to open for students with 100% attendance with strict adherence to required social distancing standards, regular disinfection of premises, behavioral standards and guidelines appropriate to Covid, as stated in SOPs issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. The Department of Skills Development and Industrial Training of Haryana will immediately issue guidelines for the implementation of these ordinances, ”said the initial ordinance issued by the administration. All students at the hostel will also be given priority to be fully immunized.

Later on Sunday evening, however, the chief secretary issued a “corrigendum” to his previous ordinance, which read: “All-residential universities in the state are required to continue offering online courses until further notice.” The issue will be revisited after some time to decide whether physical mode courses will be allowed. In the meantime, the administration of fully residential universities can make efforts to vaccinate all students, faculty and staff (including contractors) and share progress with higher education departments. , technical education and medical education and research as a case can be ”.

Regarding the upcoming festival season, the order reads: “Various festivities will take place until December 31 – like Navratri, Dussehra, Milad-un-Nabi / Eid-e-Milad, Karwa Chauth, Diwali, Govardhan Puja, Bhaiya Dooj, Chhath Puja, Guru Nanak Jayanti, Christmas and New Years. This is a critical time as there may be a tendency to violate Covid-appropriate behaviors during festivals, resulting in large gatherings, events, fairs. Therefore, adherence to guidelines to enable festivities in a safe and Covid-friendly manner, especially in religious venues, can be strictly enforced by the district administration ”.

All authorized relaxations will remain in effect until October 18.

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