After various meetings and discussions, it has been decided on Sunday that colleges and educational and coaching institutions in Goa can now open for offline classes while schools till class 12 will still remain closed till further notice.
Schools and colleges have been shut for the longest time ever, but only to ensure the safety of the students and their family members. Now that the cases are on the decline, it’s time that at least students in undergraduate and postgraduate can start attending classes in an offline mode of education.
“The Heads of Educational Institutions under the purview of the Directorate of Higher Education may take appropriate decision to conduct classes in the physical model for the new academic year 2021-22 based on the ground realities and the infrastructure availability, after following proper SOPs pertaining to Covid19 pandemic,” it reads.
The circular also said that all non-vaccinated staff members, excluding those who cannot get vaccination due to various health issues or because of being covid positive recently will have to produce an RT-PCR test report every week.
Along with other restrictions, the state government has allowed the bar and restaurant to continue operations up to 11:00 with a capacity of 50%. It is still mandatory to carry a negative RT-PCR report for those coming from Kerala.
On July 11, as part of relaxation, the government has enabled a fitness center and swimming pool to open with a capacity of 50% as of July 12. The indoor and outdoor sports complex is also allowed to operate but without viewers.
Goa’s COVID-19 tally went up by 62 on Monday to touch 1,72,568, while the day also saw five patients succumbing to the infection and 96 recovering.