Kathmandu District Administration Office has restricted educational institutions from conducting in-person teaching-learning activities citing the risk of COVID-19.

Issuing an order today, the local administration said the restriction would be effective from tomorrow until further notice. "No school shall conduct physical classes for students.

If there is no option than to run in-person teaching-learning activities, the relevant metropolitan city and municipalities shall ensure that teachers, employees, drivers, helpers, canteen operators and other office-bearers of the schools are inoculated against COVID-19 and adhere to the prescribed health protocols compulsorily," read the order.

Subject to the provisions of smart lockdown put in place by the Government of Nepal, the DAO also requires the local levels to develop a modality for operation of schools by holding discussion with guardians and stakeholders.

Similarly, the DAO has appealed to everyone to shun public celebration of festivals, feasts, assemblies, rallies and crowding.

"We call on the people to celebrate festivals in a symbolic manner by strictly adhering to health guidelines with minimum participation," it said.

A version of this article appears in the print on September 17 2021, of The Himalayan Times.