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Governments issue fresh COVID guidelines. What did Education Minister BC Nagesh say about the reopening of schools and colleges?

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The Karnataka government has issued fresh COVID guidelines after Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai chaired a review meeting with the experts and a few of his cabinet colleagues.

The weekend curfew imposed in the state from Friday 10 p.m. to Monday 5 a.m. has been lifted. However, night curfew will continue to be imposed from 10 pm to 5 am in the entire state as per the existing guidelines on all days. This measure will be further reviewed based on the number of cases and hospitalization.

All other restrictions imposed via the aforementioned orders will continue to remain in force. It is reiterated that all rallies, dharnas, congregations, etc, including social, religious, and political protests, and processions of any sort, including but not restricted to social, religious, political, etc, are strictly prohibited.

However, marriage functions are permitted to be conducted involving not more than 200 people in open spaces and 100 people in closed places, strictly adhering to COVID-19 appropriate behaviour and prevailing guidelines issued by the state government.

It is reiterated that pubs, clubs, restaurants, bars, hotels, eating places in hotels, etc., will function with 50% of the seating capacity strictly adhering to COVID-appropriate behaviour and entry to such places will be restricted to fully vaccinated people. Cinema halls, multiplexes, theatres, ranga mandiras, auditoriums and similar places will operate with 50% of their seating capacity strictly adhering to COVID-appropriate behaviour, and entry to such places will be restricted to fully vaccinated people.

The intensive surveillance at the border of Maharashtra, Kerala and Goa states shall continue as per the prevailing circular/guidelines issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of Karnataka.

Based on their assessment of the situation, the Chief Commissioner of the BBMP and the Deputy Commissioners of the Districts may impose additional containment measures as deemed necessary in their jurisdictions.

Regarding the reopening of schools and colleges, Education Minister BC Nagesh said except Bengaluru, schools in the state will be reopened, but he did not mention a date for the reopening of schools in the taluks or districts where school holidays were announced.

He said schools will be considered as a unit, and the respective Assistant Commissioner, Tahsildar, Taluka Health Officer, and Block Education Officer will collectively decide on announcing a holiday for the school where COVID cases were reported. He said if fewer positive cases were found the school will remain closed for three days and if more cases were detected, the particular school would remain closed for seven days and the school would reopen automatically after the said period of closure, he said.

Regarding schools reopening in Bengaluru, the minister said that the schools would remain closed till January 29 and the situation will be accessed on January 29 again and a decision on reopening would be made on that day.

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