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Thiruvananthapuram: The state government has imposed strict restrictions in four districts where the Covid-19 cases have risen exponentially. The district administrations of Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam, Thrissur and Kozhikode districts have taken more measures to contain the spread.
The number of people permitted to attend functions in these districts, including marriage and funerals, is fixed at 50. Further, urgent office meetings are asked to be conducted online.
The authorities have also directed that religious festivals be conducted without the participation of people and adhering to Covid protocols. Meetings and events of government, quasi-government offices, autonomous institutions are also directed to be conducted online.
Only 50 per cent of its seating capacity are allowed in hotels. Visitors will not be allowed to enter the tourism centres in the district if the TPR is above 30%. All public transportation systems must comply with the strict COVID-19 protocol. Buses cannot operate with more people than its seating capacity. The classes up to the ninth standard will be moved to online mode for two weeks starting January 21.
Meantime, a special review meeting has decided to tighten the restrictions in Thiruvananthapuram after TPR reaches 48 per cent. Minister Antony Raju said that stern action will be taken against those who violate the instructions. All the programs of the government have been changed in the present situation.
The Covid-19 review meeting of the state government will be held on Thursday. CM Pinarayi Vijayan is expected to attend the meeting from the US.