Shillong, Aug 26: The Meghalaya government on Thursday decided to reopen colleges, schools partly and tourism sector from September 1.
Informing media persons after the review meeting on the Covid-19 situation in the state, Chief Minister, Conrad K. Sangma informed that apart from colleges, students of classes 9 to 12 are allowed to attend classes but parents will have a final say and attendance norms will be relaxed.
According to the Chief Minister in the urban areas students from class 1 to 5 will attend online classes while those from class 6 to 8 will have “school visits”.
In the rural areas, students from class 1 to 5 will have “school visits”, while those from class 6 to 8 will have regular classes.
The Education department has also decided that teaching hours will be restricted to three-four hours per day.
The Chief Minister also said that the teachers should be fully vaccinated and in case one is not they will have to undergo mandatory RT-PCR test every ten days.
Meanwhile, Sangma also informed that tourists who are vaccinated with both the doses are allowed to visit the state, while those who have been vaccinated with a single dose or are not yet vaccinated will have to produce RTPCR, TRUNAAT, CBNAAT negative results 72 hours prior to their arrival at the entry point.
The Chief Minister informed that for local tourists visits will be allowed only if they are fully vaccinated or got their first dose, while those not vaccinated will have to produce negative RT-PCR, TRUNAAT or CBNAAT report.