KATHMANDU, Jan 17: The government has issued an order for the control and prevention of the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic along with the emergence of new Omicron variant, said spokesperson for the government and Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Gyanendra Bahadur Karki.
Through the order, the government has decided to impose a ban on all sorts of mass meetings, rallies and gatherings until February 12.
As per the order, symposiums, seminars, review meetings and related activities should be conducted virtually and only 25 persons can attend such events appearing with negative report of antigen test in case they are required to organize the program in person.
Likewise, only fully immunized people against COVID-19 can attend such events after January 21, the order stated.
Similarly, film halls, dance bars, clubs, health clubs, gymnasiums, swimming pools, hat-bazaars and other events that see a public gathering will not be run until January 29.
Spokesperson Karki said schools, universities, tuition centers and other academic activities would not be run in person until January 29, while asking them to go online.
However, the pre scheduled examinations of schools, colleges and human resource recruitment, foreign language skill tests for foreign employment and exams of medical education could be run by applying the public health protocol.
Likewise, there will be only regular Pooja, meditation and prayers at the religious sites by following the health precautions, reads the government order.