New Delhi: The Delhi government on Friday announced that all schools in the national capital will remain closed for everyone till October 5 in view of the pandemic. This comes after the Arvind Kejriwal-led government last week announced that students of classes 9 to 12 can visit their schools, in areas outside containment zones, on a voluntary basis, for taking guidance from their teachers. Also Read - Delhi May Report 14,000 Covid Cases a Day During Festive Season: Satyender Jain

“All government and private schools will remain closed for all students till October 5. However, online teaching and learning activities will continue as usual,” an official order by the state government read. School principals are authorised to call “staff as per requirement for smooth conduct of online classes or any other work,” it added. Also Read - Schools Not Opening For Now in Delhi: CM Arvind Kejriwal

Notably, the Unlock’ 4 guidelines permits students from class 9 to 12 to go to schools on voluntary basis from September 21. Also Read - Delhi Chokes as AQI Deteriorates to Severe Category; HC Asks Centre, Kejriwal Govt to Move Towards Ban on Burning Effigies And Fire-crackers

Universities and schools across the country have been closed since March 16 when the Centre announced a countrywide classroom shutdown as part of measures to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

On March 25, the central government announced a nationwide lockdown to prevent the virus from spreading.

While several restrictions have been eased in different phases of Unlock’ since June 8, educational institutions continue to be closed.