Maharashtra, deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, said on Saturday that no decision has been made on the resumption of physical classes in schools in Pune district as the number of COVID-19 cases rises.
After attending a meeting to assess the COVID-19 situation in the district, Pawar said swimming pools and grounds will be open to athletes and people who have taken both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Apart from this, tourist places like Lonavala and Singhagad will be opened to a limited number of visitors to support small businesses operating in these locations, said Pawar, who is also the district’s guardian minister.
Police have been ordered to monitor the number of people gathering in tourist spots and further restrictions will be imposed in case of crowds, he said.
The Bhimasahankar Temple and holy sites under Ashtavinayak will be open to devotees, he said.
Given the current surge in COVID-19 cases, no decision has been made on resuming offline classes in schools and colleges. The situation will be further examined in the coming week, after which a decision will be made, according to the minister.
Speaking of vaccination in the district, Pawar said, “Booster doses for people over 60 will be available on Saturday and Sunday, while vaccination for other age groups will be carried out on weekdays.”
At least 51 percent of children aged 15 to 18 have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Pune district and 75 percent have taken the dose in rural Pune, the minister said.