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Cap on number of guests for public events, closure of shops by 9 pm: Fresh COVID curbs in Kerala
The state government also ordered that all shops be closed by 9 PM every day and promote door delivery.
In an attempt to contain coronavirus infection, the Kerala government has announced a slew of fresh restrictions, including putting a cap on the number of guests for public events and also restricting its timings, closure of shops by 9 pm and promoting door delivery of products.
As per an official order issued by Chief Secretary VP Joy, no programme in the state will be held beyond two hours.
Restricting the number of guests at public events, the state government said that 200 people will be allowed to attend outdoor functions while a gathering of only 100 is allowed in events held indoors.
If the presence of more people is required or timing is to be extended, the organisers should have a system of passes for the event to allow entry to those who have a negative RT-PCR certificate taken 72 hours prior to the event or those with a certificate of at least first vaccination shot.
The state government also ordered that all shops be closed by 9 PM every day and promote door delivery. Restaurants, theatres and hotels can allow customers to 50 per cent capacity at a time, the order said.
"Crowding must be controlled effectively and meetings shall be held online as far as possible... E-Sanjeevani of the health department should be popularised so that crowding in OP wards is avoided. Fifty per cent rule should be strictly adhered to in cinemas/theaters, hotels and restaurants," the order read.
All mega sales and shopping festivals stand postponed for two weeks or until the COVID-19 situation improves. The government also directed that standing passengers will not be allowed in public transport buses and that none be allowed beyond the seating capacity.
“Hotels and restaurants should promote take-aways and home delivery, instead of in-house dining as people tend to crowd in such public dining settings and remove their masks. Religious leaders and district authorities may be persuaded to avoid community gatherings (iftar parties) when customary fasting is broken during evenings in the month of Ramzan,” the order said.
Kerala logged 7,515 fresh COVID-19 cases on Tuesday and 20 deaths.