It can be termed as the first step. The Delhi Government has given the green signal for the reopening of assembly halls and auditoriums in schools. It is an indication for the future actions such as the reopening of schools. The Delhi Government says that the halls may be opened with 50 per cent capacity for educational training.
According to a government notification, only teachers and professors will be allowed inside educational institutions for online lectures and other administrative work. It may be noted that in the past, the Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal allowed the reopening of stadiums and sports complexes without any spectators. But Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) while preparing the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) to deal with the potential third wave of the pandemic, had said that all educational institutions and amusement parks will remain shut.
Apart from the schools, swimming pools and the gatherings of political as well as social natures will remain closed for the immediate future.
The decision of Delhi government’s to allow reopening of auditoriums and assembly halls in the schools, has come in the wake of declining COVID-19 cases in the National Capital. Delhi reported 76 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday with one death due to viral infection. The positivity rate in Delhi went down to 0.09 per cent on Saturday bringing further relief to the National capital which so far has seen 25,012 reported deaths due to COVID-19, most of which have been attributed the second wave of the pandemic which hit the nation between the months of March and May.
Delhi on Friday had approved a Graded Response panel on managing the possible third wave of the pandemic, by devising a colour-coded mechanism which specifies a graded response to a particular type of COVID crisis, including the closure of most economic activities at the highest ‘Red’ level alert.