Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday made it clear that the educational institutions would continue to remain closed in the interest of the safety and security of the children. He announced the replacement of the strict curfew with a lockdown till May 31 in the state while indicating the resumption of limited public transport and maximum possible relaxations in the non-containment zones from May 18.
During a live interaction, he said that the educational institutions will remain strictly closed as he could not risk the lives of children in any way. But schools that were equipped to do so could start online classes, without any non-tuition fee charges and without any fee hike, he added. The state is not in favour of the resumption of teaching in Educational Institutions till May 31.
The containment zones would be strictly sealed to enable the resumption of shops and small businesses in the non-containment areas, he announced. He also added that details of all relaxations would be announced by Monday, taking into account the new guidelines of the Centre for Lockdown 4.0.
The Chief Minister also appealed to the people to be cautious and continue to support his government as the state moves into a relaxed lockdown in place of the curfew restrictions of the past 55 days. The Chief Minister disclosed that in its suggestions to the Union Home Minister, as sought by the Prime Minister, the state had recommended that the nationwide lockdown, in a relaxed form, should also be extended to May 31.
Favouring a simple containment/non-containment zone categorisation instead of the Green/Orange/Red zone classification of the central government, the Chief Minister said the state had suggested the same.