The Punjab government on Saturday allowed the opening of higher education institutions for Ph.D scholars and postgraduate students of technical and professional programmes requiring laboratories and experimental works from September 21.
However, schools, colleges, and coaching centres will remain closed amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
“Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, and similar places would, however, continue to remain closed,” the official release stated.
Moreover, online distance learning shall continue to be permitted.
Special Chief Secretary (Home) Satish Chandra said that 50 percent of the teaching and non-teaching staff would be allowed to attend schools at a time for online teaching/tele counselling and related work in areas outside the containment zones, only as per Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued on September 8