Schools and colleges in Chandigarh will be closed with immediate effect till March 31 amid rising COVID-19 cases in the Union Territory (UT). However, all teaching and non-teaching staff shall continue to attend the schools, an official notification said.
According to the notification, online exams for classes 3 to 8 will be held as per schedule. The online examination being conducted by the Punjab University will continue as per schedule.
Chandigarh reported as many as 208 fresh coronavirus cases on Monday, taking the total number of cases to 24,667. The number of active cases now at 1,979 and death toll stands at 363, the Health Department said in the latest update.
The Chandigarh administration has also asked all restaurants/eating places to close by 11:00 PM, last order can be taken till 10:00 PM.
Apart from this, all public Holi-milan gatherings have also been banned. Clubs, hotels, restaurants etc. have been asked not allow any ceremonial gatherings for Holi.