Schools can't be reopened during COVID transmission phase: CM
Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the state is not currently in a situation to reopen the schools. It is impossible to reopen schools when the pandemic transmission is continuing. Reopening schools can be considered when the strict restrictions start yielding results, he said.
The state also is taking actions according to the relaxations in lockdown announced by the central government. The all-party meeting also had decided that a total lockdown should not be implemented. However, strict action will be taken if the COVID protocols are not properly followed, the CM added.
Speaking on attachments and repayments, CM said that the government has directed to stop the procedures of attaching properties at this phase. The decision has not been changed yet. Even if it is in the government level, strict action will be taken against those who force people for repayment during this time, the chief minister made it clear.
A token system should be implemented in banks and other financial institutions to avoid crowd. Large shops, which can accommodate over five people can do so. The other customers must wait for their turn outside the shop on marked areas, he said.
It is better to travel with less than five people inside in vehicles. Those using public transport must strictly follow covid protocol. Only 20 people are allowed inside places of worship. Smaller worship places must reduce the number of people accordingly, the CM said.
There is no ban on examinations scheduled before October 2 and students can appear for them. But, parents, relatives and teachers who accompany the students to examination centres will not be allowed to remain near the premises, he said.
Private dispensaries must remain open. But patients should not gather around in waiting areas or roads leading to such establishments. This is applicable to physiotherapy centres, dental clinics, homeo and ayurvedic clinics, the CM said.
Only an essential number of workers must be employed in construction sites. Contractors must ensure that they maintain coronavirus protocol. Factories and production companies can employ its entire workforce. Labourers must not be prevented from coming to work, Pinarayi Vijayan said.