Schools, Colleges & all other educational institutes closed till January 26 in Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh has closed all Schools, Colleges and Universities, barring a few exceptions due to a surge in COVID-19 cases. In order to control the spread, all these Educational Institutions have been closed till January 26, 2022 as a part of new restrictions. However, it must be noted that all Nursing and Medical Colleges will remain open and not come under the purview of these new curbs.
Himachal Pradesh has witnessed a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases. The government has now emphasised that all educational institutions must get back to online classes till the mentioned date. Since, medical and nursing colleges will be open, they have been asked to follow COVID appropriate behaviour and have classes etc. as per the SOPs.
The official order reads, “All educational institutions (Government, Semi government or Private) which include Schools/Colleges/Universities/Academic Institutions/Engineering Polytechnic Colleges /ITs/ Coaching Centers will remain closed up to 26.01.2022 in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The Residential schools will also remain close for the period. All Nursing and Medical colleges will however remain open and will ensure observance of the COVID-19 SOPs and safety protocols issued by the Health Department.”
Himachal Pradesh schools, colleges closing was expected as many states across the country have taken a similar step due to a fear of Omicron and a possible third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. While most states, like HP have closed educational institutions till a definite date, it is likely for this to get extended, depending on the situation.
Himachal Pradesh government has also recently reviewed the situation of medical infrastructure in the state. Reports suggest that the government has reviewed the availability of oxygen beds, PPE kits along with rolling out a children’s vaccination program.