Announcement applies to every educational institutions in the designated cities: Shafqat Mehmood

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) - Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mehmood on Thursday said that all schools would resume regular 5-day classes from Monday March 1.

Shafqat Mehmood, in a tweet, said that restrictions imposed in some major cities on schools to conduct staggered classes was only till Feb 28.

He also emphasized that the announcement applies to every educational institutions in the designated cities where restrictions had been imposed by the government to curb spread of coronavirus. 

On Wednesday, after reviewing the coronavirus situation across the country, the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) had decided to allow opening mausoleums, cinema halls and indoor weddings from March 15.

According to the notification issued by the NCOC, Coronavirus SOPs must be strictly followed in these places.

In addition, it has been decided to increase the number of spectators allowed in PSL matches; from 20% to 50% of stadium capacity. In the group stage, 50% spectators will be allowed to watch the match in the stadium, while in play-off matches, stadiums will be at full capacity with strict adherence to coronavirus SOPs.

Restrictions on opening hours of shopping areas and parks and the requirement for 50% staff to work from home have also been withdrawn, but SOPs including face masks and social distancing will continue to be implemented.

According to NCOC, local-bodies and Cantt board elections will be held in May-June.