Cap at social gatherings in Himachal raised to 200 indoors, schools to remain closed


The state government on Wednesday further enhanced the cap on social gathering as a maximum of 200 persons indoors and 50 per cent of the capacity of outdoor venue would be allowed.

The decision was taken by the Cabinet at its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, here today. However, the Cabinet decided against opening schools as online study would continue till further orders.

The Cabinet decided to promote first year and second year college students to next higher class. New admissions would start in colleges in the last week of July this year and new academic year for under graduate classes would commence from August 16.

The council of ministers while reviewing the Covid-19 situation in the State decided to raise the limit of gathering in all social, academic, entertainment, cultural, political and other congregations, including marriage celebrations. It was also decided that Covid-appropriate behaviour would be ensured by the respective Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police at prominent tourist places.

The Cabinet appreciated the   progress of vaccination status of teaching and non-teaching staff. It was informed that about 90 per cent teaching and non-teaching staff have been vaccinated till June 30. It was also informed that about 25,000 college students were vaccinated on June 28 and 29. It was also informed that about 80 per cent college students of final year stood vaccinated on June 30.