Shimla/Hamirpur (HP), Mar 26 : In a major decision to combat the COVID-19, the Himachal Pradesh government on Friday decided to close all the educational institutions including Universities, Colleges and schools except for the classes having their examinations, till April 4th as a precautionary measures.
A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting in Shimla under chairmanship of Chief Minister, Jai Ram Thakur.
The meeting decided that schools having residential facilities would not close their hostels but would abide by the COVID-19 guidelines in true letter and spirit.
Jai Ram Thakur said that no social and cultural events would be organized in the State by the Government and gatherings would be restricted to maximum of 200 for indoor and 50 percent for outdoor events. He said that nursing and medical institutions would continue to function as usual. He said that congregations and langers inside the temples would also be banned and other darshans would be allowed.
Chief Minister said that 3rd April would also be holiday for all the offices in the State and there would be no public celebration of Holi. He urged the people to celebrate Holi at their home with their family members only. He said that all the frontline workers would be sensitized to get themselves vaccinated at the earliest completing their second dose as per schedule.
It was also decided in the meeting that District Administration would take judicious call on more restrictions keeping in view positivity and fatality rate in their respective districts.