Kerala lockdown starts today, Restaurants open for takeaway, banks to work on alternate days

May 08 2021 11:10 AM
Kerala lockdown starts today, Restaurants open for takeaway, banks to work on alternate days

The government of Kerala revised certain lockdown rules ahead of the state going into lockdown from Saturday. During the lockdown, in place from May 8 to 16, only essential services will be allowed.

During the lockdown, education institutions, coaching centres, research centres etc., are to remain shut. All places of worship too shall remain closed. All social, political-religious gatherings etc are prohibited.

Restaurants in the state can be open from 7 am to 7 pm only for home delivery or takeaway. Banks, insurance, financial services, capital and debt market services as notified by SEBI and cooperative credit societies were exempted from lockdown in the previous government order, but will now only be allowed to function on alternate days, as per the revised order. They will function only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Funerals and marriages will only have a maximum of 20 persons in attendance, and details of funerals and weddings have to be registered on the COVID-19 jagratha portal. Strict social distancing and advance intimation of marriage to the nearest police is required for weddings. 

"All the departments included in the excepted category shall engage only bare minimum staff to undertake COVID-19 containment related duties and other duties of exigent nature," the revised order says.

The order by Kerala Chief Secretary VP Joy said that any persons violating regulations will be liable as per the relevant provisions of Disaster Management Act 2005, Kerala Epidemic Diseases Ordinance-2021 and other relevant laws.

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