New curbs in Kerala: Govt programmes to switch to online, action against crowding in malls


The Chief Minister directed the district collectors to identify COVID clusters and impose necessary restrictions. Pregnant women employees in government offices will be allowed to work from home.

A busy road in Kerala | Photo:AP

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government has imposed new curbs in the state in view of the surge in COVID-19 cases. The decision was taken in the COVID-19 review meeting presided by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan here on Friday.

The Chief Minister directed the district collectors to identify COVID clusters and impose necessary restrictions. Pregnant women employees in government offices will be allowed to work from home.All official programmes at government, semi-government, public institutions and cooperative institutions must be conducted online.

Only 50 people will be allowed in social, cultural and community programmes in districts where COVID Test Positivity Rate is recorded above 20 per cent. Special permission should be sought from the authority for allowing more people in any events. If Test Positivity Rate jumps above 30 per cent, no public gatherings will be allowed.

All shops must encourage online bookings and sales. Crowding should be avoided in malls by allowing one person in an area of 25 square feet. District administration authority has been asked to take strict action to follow these directions.

The Chief Minister also recommended requesting Sabarimala devotees who booked for online darshan from January 16 to cancel the visit. The number of devotees allowed in the temple will be decided later.

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