COVID-19: Section 144 in Kozhikode, Kasaragod districts


Prohibitory order came into force in Kozhikode on Sunday (March 22). Shops selling essential items including food-grains and medicines should stay open from 10 am to 7 pm, the order stated.

Deserted Valiyangadi in Kozhikode following Janata Curfew on Sunday (Photo: Rahul G. R.)

Kozhikode: In view of the coronavirus pandemic prohibitory order (section 144) has been enforced in Kozhikode and Kasaragod districts. The move is part of the state government's efforts to control the spread of coronavirus.

Section 14 came into force in Kozhikode on Sunday (March 22). Shops selling essential items including food-grains and medicines should stay open from 10 am to 7 pm, the order stated.

The order imposes restrictions on public functions, festivals, celebrations, examinations, hospital visits, protests and other events that could result in crowds. Section 144 bans all instances of crowd gatherings of more than 5 persons.

Moreover, restrictions to control the spread of COVID-19 have also been intensified. Not more than 10 persons will be allowed to attend a wedding at a time. The total number of people taking part in a wedding function must not exceed 50.

Restrictions have been imposed on restaurants, hotels, business enterprises, shopping malls and supermarkets.

Section 144 in Kasaragod from 9 pm on Sunday

The order issued by the district collector enforced prohibitory orders inside the limits of all the 17 police stations in Kasaragod.

All internal public transport facilities, shops excluding essential services, barber shops and beauty parlours must stay shut until further order.

All public gatherings and travel to public places have been restricted while places of worship, religious establishments, clubs, movie theatres, parks and all other establishments of entertainment will remain closed.

Shops providing essential items and services including milk booths, fuelling stations, medical shops, ration shops and other commercial establishments selling food-grains can remain open between 11 am and 5 pm.

However, police must ensure that people coming to these places are maintaining a distance of 1.5 metres and taking up safety measures such as masks and hand sanitisers.

Public gatherings and travel to public places will not be applicable for Mahatma Gandhi Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) workers, officials deployed by the government, ward-level health workers and personnel working to ensure mobile network facility.

The police will strictly verify the identity cards of such persons, the order clarified.

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