Kerala tightens COVID curbs; restricts standing passengers in buses
Thiruvananthapuram: Amid the surge in COVID-19 case, Kerala has imposed more restrictions to control the spread of the pandemic. As the curbs come into effect, no passengers will be allowed to travel by standing in buses. The local government authorities will tighten the restrictions in view of the rise in the test positivity rate.
The government also directed to avoid public gatherings like Iftar parties and appealed the religious leaders and district heads to hold discussions regarding this.
As per the new restrictions, buses are not allowed to take passengers more than the seating capacity.
ADGP has been asked to analyse the cases related to COVID protocol violation. Police and sectoral magistrates should initiate action to control crowding.
No shops will be allowed to operate after 9 pm. Civil Supplies Corporation, Horticorp, Poultry Corporation, Matsyafed and Milma are directed to jointly establish an online facility for door delivery of products.
Only 200 people will be allowed for outdoor functions and 100 for indoor functions and programmes will have to be completed within two hours. Feasts will not be allowed and instead food packets can be distributed among guests, the order said.
Those who are attending the public programmes must undergo RTPCR or RT LAMP test before 72 hours of the function and obtain a negative certificate. This order will be mandatory for all public programmes including marriage, funeral, cultural or sports events and temple festivals.
In Alappuzha and Wayanad districts, COVID protocol will be implemented in connection with the tourism sector.
Temperature checking will be made mandatory in centralised air conditioned malls, theatres and auditoriums.
Tests will be increased
As the average COVID test positivity rate touched 12.53 percent in the state, the number of COVID tests will be increased.
District collectors are asked to establish COVID First Line Treatment Centres in the local bodies where the test positivity rate is recorded at 15 percent. The district collectors were also asked to produce test details of the local bodies which recorded test positivity rate above 10 percent.
In Palakkad district, mobile RTPCR test facility will be established. Testing and restrictions will be intensified in Malappuram and Idukki districts. In Kozhikode district, more RTPCR tests will be conducted in the coming days.