After cinema halls, Govt allows opening of Swimming Pools with 25% capacity

Night curfew timing reduced by an hour

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 17: With COVID situation improving further, the Jammu and Kashmir administration today ordered reopening of Swimming Pools at 25 percent of total capacity and revised night curfew timing from 11 pm to 6 am instead of 10 pm to 6 am.
The revised guidelines were issued tonight by Chief Secretary Dr Arun Kumar Mehta in his capacity as the Chairperson State Executive Committee (SEC).
“Swimming Pools have been allowed to function at 25 percent capacity subject to condition that management will ensure proper COVID Appropriate Behaviour,” the SEC order said.
Last week, the SEC had allowed reopening of Cinema halls and theatres and multiplexes with 25 percent capacity subject to maintenance of COVID Appropriate Behaviour by the management.
Another guideline revised today by the SEC pertained to night curfew timing.
The SEC order said night curfew will remain in force in all districts from 9 pm to 6 pm except the districts where positivity rate is below 0.2 and weekly caseload below 250 where it will be imposed from 11 pm to 6 am instead of earlier 10 pm to 6 am.
“The schools, except for relaxations as provided for students of 12th and 10th classes, will continue to remain closed for on-site/in-person teaching,” the order said.
“Classes for 12th standard shall be permitted in the educational institutions with limited in-person teaching not exceeding 50 percent on a given day for vaccinated students and staff. However, the school management will have to obtain consent from the parents of all students who are willing to attend the classes,” the SEC guidelines reiterated.
Entry to the educational institutions will be subject to proper screening regarding vaccination. Screening will be done at the school gate itself.
As far as Class 10th is concerned, limited in-person teaching of students, not exceeding 50 percent on any given day can be permitted by the concerned Deputy Commissioner after ensuring compliance with COVID Appropriate Behaviour by the school management.
However, the classes will be run after due screening through 100 percent Rapid Antigen Test or RT-PCR which will also be subject to consent of parents and students.