CM Arvind Kejriwal: Schools to remain closed for a week

While schools will be closed, virtual classes will continue so that the students do not suffer any further learning loss.

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New Delhi: In an attempt to provide some relief to people gasping for breath in the capital, the Delhi government on Saturday announced that all schools will be closed for a week, all construction activities will be banned between November 14-17 and all government offices will shift to work from home mode while private offices have been advised to shift to work from home mode. The steps are aimed at reducing the number of vehicles on the roads and minimizing the contribution of vehicular pollution to overall pollution. The construction activities ban will help reduce dust pollution.

While schools will be closed, virtual classes will continue so that the students do not suffer any further learning loss. As schools were closed for a long time due to the Covid pandemic, the students have already suffered learning loss.

After an emergency meeting with ministers and top officers at Delhi Secretariat on Saturday evening, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that Delhi is not going under complete lockdown as of now, but brief lockdown is under consideration and the government will prepare a proposal about it.

Delhi government will prepare a proposal on locking down the capital and will put up the proposal before the Supreme Court. Since it will be an extreme step, so all agencies including those from the central govt will be consulted before a decision is taken.

The SC has suggested that the Centre and the Delhi government consider imposing a lockdown of two days, if there is a need, in the capital where the air quality has extremely deteriorated. The SC made the observations while hearing a case in this matter.

Delhi’s air quality continues to remain in the ‘severe’ category despite a slight improvement. The particle pollutants, after staying within ‘air emergency’ category for a total 36 hours till Saturday noon, started to drop within severe levels. Thanks to wind speed and not any easing of local emissions did the city get a breather as visibility started to improve. Restrictions under ‘air emergency’ in Delhi are expected if the severe status continues for 48 hours. 

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