Schools in Mumbai that were scheduled to reopen from December 1, 2021, will remain closed till December 15, 2021. Schools were supposed to resume after 20 months under strict Covid-19 precautions from December 1, but that has been postponed. This is part of the updated Covid-19 guidelines released in response to the threat of the new Covid-19 variant Omicron. According to Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope, the state cabinet has expressed worries about travellers travelling from at-risk nations.
"In wake of the threat of the Omicron variation of COVID-19 across the world, schools for classes 1-7 will reopen from December 15 rather than December 1," the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) told the media.
"To guarantee the safe return of students to school, MCGM has decided to postpone the decision of opening schools for classes 1 to 7 by 14 days," the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai announced in an official notice. "Schools for grades 1 to 7 will now open from December 15, 2021," it stated.
"The Omicron variant of COVID-19 has placed a new threat before us," BMC's education officer Raju Tadvi told reporters. "We'll need some time to assure safety and put safety measures in place. As a result, from December 15, we have planned to reopen physical classes in schools," he added. In the BMC schools, there are 2,20,000 children in classes 1 to 7.
"The government is vigilant to the prospect of a third wave, and no relaxation in the implementation of SOPs will be permitted," Maharashtra Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad stated earlier announcing the reopening instructions. "Our students are the future of our country. Let us all work together to secure their health, well-being, and educational opportunities."
Earlier, the Maharashtra government announced that physical classes will only be held for 3-4 hours each day as part of the rules for reopening schools. Schools were asked to operate in shifts or on alternate days, depending on the situation, to ensure that no more than 15-20 kids are present in class at the same time.
There have been no Omicron cases reported in India as of yet.