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Thiruvananthapuram: The government has issued an order reducing the time people should spend in quarantine when they return to Kerala from other states or after visiting other states, to seven days.
These people can end quarantine if they test negative in COVID test performed on the 7th day of return.
It has been directed that the people should spend 7 more days in quarantine ideally. However, those who do not undergo the test should serve 14 days in quarantine as per the health protocol, the order points out.
Earlier, an order was issued stating that those who come to Kerala for business purposes and similar matters for a very short period carrying return tickets, need not serve the quarantine.
The Kerala government ordered that all Government offices, including Public Sector Units, should function with 100 per cent attendance, strictly observing COVID-19 protocol.
The order in this regard was issued by Chief Secretary Vishwas Mehta after it was observed that the work of the Secretariat and other government offices had been badly affected due to the pandemic restrictions.
Government offices were functioning with half their capacity due to the covid spread, with employees being allowed to work from home.
The government also permitted in-house dining in hotels and restaurants. Until now, only parcel services were being allowed in hotels and restaurants.
Those who do not get tested should continue on quarantine for the remaining seven days and complete a total of 14 days in quarantine.
(With inputs from PTI)