Universities cut holidays
A number of universities have reduced holidays for the coming National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival, as students are encouraged not to leave campus for nonessential travel to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
This year's National Day holiday, which runs from Oct 1 to 8, has been extended one day as Mid-Autumn Festival falls on Oct 1.
Hubei University in Wuhan, for instance, has cut the eight-day holiday to a one-day break, but will begin the winter vacation at an earlier date as compensation.
North China University of Water Resources and Electric Power in Zhengzhou, Henan province, has halved the holiday to four days. It will start winter vacation a week earlier than scheduled instead.
Wang Dengfeng, head of the department of physical, health and arts education under the Ministry of Education, said at a news conference last month colleges should make region-specific arrangements in line with current epidemic prevention and control requirements.
Students and faculty members are being encouraged not to leave campus for nonessential travel and avoid mass gathering activities, especially in places with poor ventilation, he added.