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The Centre has urged the state governments and union territories to close down all educational establishments, gyms, museums, cultural and social centres, swimming pools and theatres till March 31.

The Union ministry of health and family welfare on Monday issued an advisory to all states and UTs in view of the increasing number of Covid-19 or coronavirus cases in India.

“Students should be advised to stay at home. Online education to be promoted,” the advisory issued by the health ministry said.

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The ministry also suggested that the possibility of postponing exams may be explored.

“Ongoing examinations to be conducted only after ensuring physical distance of one meter amongst students. Encourage private sector organizations/employers to allow employees to work from home wherever feasible,” the ministry said in the advisory.

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The ministry said meetings, as far as feasible, shall be done through video conferences.

“Minimize or reschedule meetings involving large number of people unless necessary,” the ministry urged the states.

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“Restaurants to ensure handwashing protocol and proper cleanliness of frequently touched surfaces.”

“Ensure physical distancing (minimum 1metre) between tables; encourage open air seating where practical with adequate distancing.”

“Keep already planned weddings to a limited gathering, postpone all non-essential social and cultural gatherings,” the advisory said.

The advisory further suggested local authorities to have a dialogue with organizers of sporting events and competitions involving large gatherings and they may be advised to postpone such events.

“Local authorities to have a dialogue with opinion leaders and religious leaders to regulate mass gatherings and should ensure no overcrowding/at least one metre distance between people,” the advisory said.


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