Beijing says will reopen primary, secondary schools as COVID-19 cases recede

People wearing masks walk in a street in Beijing’s central business district (CBD) during morning rush hour, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in China December 8, 2020. (REUTERS/File Photo)

SHANGHAI¬† – Beijing’s education commission said on Saturday all primary and secondary school students in the capital can to return to in-person classes from Monday, as COVID-19 cases have receded in recent days.

Kindergartens will be allowed to reopen from July 4, the commission added.

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Beijing shut its schools in early May and asked students to move to online learning amid a spike in locally transmitted COVID cases. Senior year students at middle and high schools were allowed to return to classrooms from June 2.

The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Sports said separately that sports activities for the young can resume at non-school locations on June 27 in areas where no community cases have been reported for seven consecutive days, with the exception of basement venues, which will remain shut.

Participation should be limited to 75% of normal capacity and participants should show a negative COVID test taken within the last 72 hours, it also said.