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Posted at: Oct 31, 2019, 7:28 AM; last updated: Oct 31, 2019, 7:28 AM (IST)

Pollution crisis: Govt directs schools to axe sports events

New Delhi, October 30

The Delhi Government on Wednesday directed all schools in the Capital to suspend outdoor activities till severe pollution condition persists. 

Deputy CM Manish Sisodia also said the government may consider shutting the schools if the situation worsens. 

“Outdoor activities and exposure in polluted atmosphere could have long term detrimental effects on health of children. All heads of government as well as private schools are directed to ensure no outdoor activities are organised in schools till severe pollution condition persists,” the Directorate of Education said in a letter to schools. 

Advising parents to send their children for classes wearing masks and shifting outdoor activities indoors are among the steps taken by schools in Delhi-NCR to deal with pollution. 

While schools reopened on Wednesday after the Diwali break, a Gurugram school principal said they had sent an advisory to parents on Monday to not send their children for classes without masks. — PTI

50L masks to students

The government will start distributing masks among school students from Friday following a spike in the pollution level, CM Arvind Kejriwal said. Fifty lakh N95 masks would be given to students in both government and private schools in Delhi, Kejriwal said on Wednesday.

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