Kerala allows cinema halls, colleges to reopen from 25 Oct with restrictions
The Kerala government has allowed re-opening of cinema theatres and indoor auditoriums, following a sustained decrease in coronavirus cases in the state, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has announced on Saturday.
The relaxations will come into effect from October 25, however, the re-opening of cinemas and auditoriums will only be allowed with restrictions.
"Entry will be for those who are fully vaccinated including employees. Theatres and auditoriums will function with 50% seating capacity," Vijayan said.
The Kerala government has allowed regular classes in colleges and training institutes from 18 Oct. Only fully vaccinated students and staff will be allowed to the colleges.
The chief minister said more than 90% of the targeted population have been administered with at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.
The Kerala government had earlier announced new coronavirus-related guidelines, restricting movement of those who have not taken at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine.
Currently, the state allows in-house dining for hotels, restaurants and bars, but with 50% seating capacity and the staff should be fully vaccinated.
Earlier, the state government has also issued draft guidelines for reopening of schools. The draft norms include allowing only two students on a bench and scrapping of mid-day meals. Instead mid-day meals allowance will be given to the students.