The COVID-19 Crisis Management Coordination Centre has recommended that the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration should announce winter vacation for schools across the country until January 29, citing the recent spike in coronavirus spread.

A meeting of the CCMCC held today in Kathmandu had taken a decision to this effect.

Joint Secretary Sunita Nepal, who is the CCMCC spokesperson, said it recommended the MoFAGA to close schools (Grade I-Grade X). Schools fall within the jurisdiction of local levels, which are overseen by the MoFAGA.

CCMCC is the supreme body formed by the government to fight the spread of the contagion.

"Many schools are observing winter vacation. The MoFAGA should enforce it for all schools, besides extending its period until January 29 in the wake of rising COVID cases," she said.

The CCMCC has also urged the government to strictly put in place health protocols in colleges where exams are being conducted. Meanwhile, the home ministry has been recommended to make it mandatory for persons to produce COVID vaccination card while going to cinema halls, hotels, restaurants, and public parks.

A version of this article appears in the print on January 10, 2022, of The Himalayan Times.