Aizawl, Oct 29: The Mizoram government on Friday eased COVID-19 restrictions with reopening of schools and hostels in the Aizawal Municipal Corporation area for class 10 and 12 students, an official said. He said the new guidelines will come into effect from Oct. 31.
Among the relaxation periods, the official said, schools and hostels will be allowed to reopen the AMC District to students in Classes 10 and 12, who will be preparing for council exams next year. These facilities remained closed in the civilian body area. In the coronavirus-free towns and villages outside the AMC region, physical classes in schools for K-12 students have been resumed, he said, adding that the work of the Anganwadi centers has been resumed since August 15. Other educational institutions, including colleges, have also reopened in COVID-free areas outside of AMC since September 5. Places of worship will remain open across the state, and worship service during the day and night is now permitted at 50 percent capacity, in the morning and evening, and the guidance said prayer is also permitted.
However, religious rites in churches are now only allowed during the day throughout the state, she said. This time around, the guidelines did not specify which particular day churches would open congregation services.
Earlier, it was only allowed on Sundays and Saturdays during the day. In localities outside the AMC’s jurisdiction, deputy commissioners will issue guidelines, depending on the COVID-19 situation in their areas, she said.
However, villages and towns were allowed to reopen educational institutions by arrangement of the competent deputy commissioner in consultation with district-level officers of the Ministry of Health and village work teams, the guidelines said. She said the standard operating procedures prepared by relevant departments should be strictly followed.
A night curfew will continue to be imposed on all county headquarters, including the state capital, Aizawl, between 9pm and 4am. In accordance with the recommendation of the statewide panel of experts on the management of COVID-19, deputy commissioners will announce small containment areas and other restrictions within their districts depending on the local situation, according to the guidelines.
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