Closure of Educational institutions again announce

Students wear masks as they go to school amid heavy smog conditions in Lahore on November 14, 2019. (Photo by Arif ALI / AFP)

ISLAMABAD, (MANEND NEWS): The Federal Education Minister
Shafqat Mahmood on Tuesday has announced fortnightly closure of all
public and private educational institutions in seven major cities of
Punjab from March 15 to March 28.

Talking to media persons along with SAPM on Health Dr. Faisal SUltan
after a meeting of National Command and Operation Center (NCOC),
the minister said that all educational institutions in Lahore, Faisalabad,
Gujranwala, Gujrat, Rawalpindi, Multan and Sialkot will remain close
for two weeks for Spring break.
Shafqat Mahmood also said that all educational insitututions in
Islamabad, Peshawar and Muzaffarabad will also remain close for two
He clarified that the new orders will not be applicable on institutions
which are going through exams.
The minister further said that situation of coronavirus pandemic is
under control in Balochistan and Sindh so educational institutions in
these provinces will follow policy of 50 percent attendance.
He said the provincial governments will continue monitoring the
situation about the pandemic and they can decide about closure of any
institution on the basis of facts. He said the NCOC will also be
constantly monitoring the situation.
Speaking on the occasion, SAPM Faisal Sultan said that coronavirus
cases are increasing in the country and urged administrative
departments to enforce Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
regarding coronavirus.
The SAPM further said that the policy of smart lockdown and micro-
smart lockdown in targeted areas and ban on holding marriage
ceremonies in covered areas will continue across the country.
He said public parks will be closed at 6:00 pm and commercial
activities at 10:00 pm except essential services. He said the situation
will be further reviewed on 12th of next month. Offices have also been
directed to function on 50 percent staff.
He said the vaccination process of senior citizens of 60 years of age
and above has been started and these elderly people can get
vaccination sending their CNIC number to 1166.

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