Govt keeps most of COVID guidelines unchanged

Samba Admn orders quarantine
Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Sept 26: The Jammu and Kashmir administration today kept majority of COVID guidelines issued last week in place for next week as well keeping cap on gatherings at 25 and in banquet halls at 50 with conditions.
The SEC also ordered that the schools, except for relaxations provided for students of 12th and 10th Classes, will continue to remain closed for on-site/in-person teaching.
Latest COVID related guidelines were issued today by State Executive Committee (SEC) chairperson Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, the Chief Secretary of J&K.
While maximum number of people permitted to attend indoor/outdoor gatherings will remain strictly restricted to 25, the banquet halls in the districts where COVID positivity rate is below 0.2 and weekly case load is less than 250, will be allowed to enhance limit of guests to 50 for vaccinated persons or those with verifiable RT-PCR or RAT report not older than 72 hours.
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The District Magistrates and Superintendents of Police will ensure compliance of the order, the SEC said.
“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.
“Limited in person teaching of vaccinated students exceeding 50% on any given day shall be permitted in Polytechnics and ITIs subject to consent of parents and students and all measures as per COVID protocols,” the order read.
Meanwhile, District Magistrate Samba Anuradha Gupta today ordered that Jammu Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) Bari Brahmana shall be designated as COVID Care Centre for handling Coronavirus infected patients.
In an order issued yesterday, she directed that all COVID-19 positive patients will be quarantined at the designated CCC and provided necessary medical assistance by the Health Department.
It may be mentioned that the Policy in place in Jammu and Kashmir provided for home isolation of all COVID-19 patients and not at the quarantine centres excepting those who don’t have adequate accommodation at home or those who are sick.