Schools in Mumbai, Pune to remain shut till December 15; Omicron threat spreads

Schools in Mumbai that were going to start functioning from December 1 are not opening till December 15 now. After being closed for about 20 months because of the pandemic, amid the new threat of omicron, the schools are not going to open for another 15 days. Rajesh Tope, Maharashtra Health Minister, said, “Schools for classes 1-7 will now reopen from December 15, instead of December 1, in view of the emergence of #Omicron variant of COVID19 in the world,” Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) told media.

The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai released an official notice stating “to ensure the safe return of students to school, MCGM has decided to defer the decision of opening of schools for std. 1st to 7h by 14 days. Schools for Std. 1st to 7h will open from 15h December 2021.”

BMC’s education officer Raju Tadvi told the media, “The Omicron variant of COVID-19 has posed a new threat before us. We need some time to ensure safety and implement precautionary measures. Hence, we have decided to reopen the physical attendance in schools from December 15.”

Till now, Omicron cases have been found in India. However, Rajesh Bhushan, Union Health Secretary held a review meeting with States on the Omicron variant of COVID19 yesterday.