Kolkata: Schools will not reopen anytime soon in West Bengal. On Wednesday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that her government will take a call on the issue not before mid-November.
New guidelines were issued by the Home Ministry last night which permitted more outdoor activities outside the containment zones. Cinemas halls, theatres, and multiplexes can reopen with only 50 per cent of their seating capacity from October 15, 2020.
Schools too can reopen after October 15, however, it is up to the state and UTs to decide on reopening of schools and other educational institutions in a graded manner.
Regarding the reopening of schools, Mamata Banerjee while attending an administrative review meeting in North Bengal said that a decision in this regard would be taken after Kali Puja on November 14, 2020.
“Any decision on reopening of schools will be taken after Kali Puja,” said the West Bengal CM.
Earlier, state education minister Partha Chatterjee informed that schools and other educational institutions will not open before Durga Puja.
At the meeting, Banerjee also announced that 50 acres in north Bengal have been allotted to Cooch Behar Panchanan Barma University for its second campus. “Work for the second campus will start soon,” Times Now news quoted her as saying.