The prohibitory orders imposed in Kathmandu Valley have been lifted after the COVID-19 Crisis Management Center (CCMC) decided to enforce ‘smart lockdown’ depending on the severity of coronavirus infection of a particular area.

The Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur administration offices on Wednesday omitted the words ‘prohibitory orders’ and instead issued additional ‘orders’ to be implemented from today till September 16.

As per the new orders, all businesses and industries will be allowed to operate in strict compliance of the health and safety protocols.

According to Kali Prasad Parajuli, CDO of Kathmandu, local governments – in coordination with the District COVID-19 Crisis Management Committee (DCCMC) – have been handed over the jurisdiction to allow or not allow the resumption of physical classes at education institutions inside the Valley.

However, all three district administration offices have decided to prohibit the resumption of physical classes for children below the age of 18 and those who have not received anti-COVID vaccines inside the Valley.

Likewise, entertainment sectors such as cinema halls, bars, dance bars, dohori clubs, discotheques, restaurants, swimming pools and sporting events which were closed till now, have been allowed to operate complying with the COVID-19 protocol. Functions such as seminars, meetings, and training can also be conducted.

Businesses and industries have been warned to follow health protocols strictly as the administration office will conduct surprise inspections to see if the safety protocols are being followed. People are still not be allowed to attend large gatherings for conference meetings, protests, festivals or parties.

Meanwhile, the National Examination Board (NEB) has decided to conduct Grade XII exams from September 15.

A meeting of the National Examination Board held on Wednesday decided to conduct the examination in the physical presence of students, said Controller of Examinations Krishna Prasad Sharma.

Earlier, the examination was scheduled for August 15 but was later postponed due to an increase in coronavirus cases.

The examination will be conducted from September 15 to September 24.

The decision to conduct physical exams comes after the government provided anti-COVID jabs for Grade XI and XII students.