Schools and colleges to remain shut till Feb 15 in Goa

Schools and colleges to remain shut till Feb 15 in Goa

The Goa government on Sunday extended the closure of schools and colleges till February 15 in view of the rise in Covid-19 cases.

As per the new order issued by revenue secretary Sanjay Kumar, schools
shall be closed for students till February 15, but teachers will have to go to
school to conduct online classes.

The order also stated that colleges and other institutions of higher
education shall be closed for students till February 15 except for the
conduct of examinations. Here too, teachers will have to report to the
institute to conduct online classes.

Also, the order has stated that public gatherings in case of indoor halls, auditoriums, community halls, mandaps, open spaces, etc, shall be restricted to a maximum of 50% of the seating or venue capacity, or as per the limit imposed by the Election Commission, whichever is less.

The state has also said that those who wish to enter Goa must possess a vaccination certificate of both doses and that 15 days must have elapsed from the last dose. Those who don’t possess this can still enter if they can produce a negative RT-PCR report of a test done not more than 72 hours before entry.

“Any person contravening this order shall be punishable under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005,” Kumar said.

Cinema halls, river cruises, waterparks, and entertainment parks shall not operate beyond 50% of the seating capacity, the order stated. Casinos, too, may operate only up to 50% of their capacity, subject to adherence to all Covid safety protocols, including the use of masks, sanitizers, thermal screening.