Haryana extends lockdown till Sept. 6, relaxations to continue

All COVID-related guidelines will have to be followed, the State govt. order said

The Haryana government on Sunday extended the COVID induced lockdown by a fortnight while allowing various relaxations permitted earlier to continue.

The relaxations include the opening of restaurants, bars, malls, clubhouses and shops.

“The Mahamari Alert-Surakshit Haryana is extended for another fortnight, that is from August 23 (5 a.m. onwards) to September 6 (till 5 a.m.) in the State of Haryana along with guidelines to be implemented during this period issued vide earlier orders,” an order issued by Chief Secretary Vijai Vardhan said on Sunday.

The order was issued in the exercise of powers under various provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005.

As per other relaxations allowed earlier, conduct of entrance and recruitment examination by different universities, institutes or government departments and recruitment agencies will continue to be permissible.

All COVID-related guidelines including those related to social distancing, sanitisation and seating capacity, however, will have to be followed, the order said.

Universities and colleges will be allowed to reopen for students for doubt classes, practical classes in laboratories, practical examinations and offline exams with strict adherence to the COVID-related norms, earlier orders provided.

Plan for varsities

Vice-chancellors of universities in the State are advised to plan the reopening of universities from the next academic session and share the programme of the same with the concerned department of the State government.

Immediate action may be initiated by the university administration to fully vaccinate all hostel students, day scholars, faculty and other staff including the outsourced ones, the government order said.

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