Fresh restrictions came on the day Kerala's active COVID-19 case tally breached the 1-lakh mark. (Image: AFP)
In view of rising COVID-19 cases in Kerala, the state government on April 19 announced fresh restrictions and imposed a statewide night curfew from 9 pm to 5 am for the next two weeks. The curfew will be imposed from April 20. During the period, malls and cinemas can function only till 7.30 pm.
The state has also decided to restrict its largest annual cultural carnival Thrissur Pooram, to be held on April 23. The decisions with regard to the restrictions were taken at a high-level meeting of the core group for COVID-19 management chaired by Chief Secretary Dr VP Joy.
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The new restrictions were announced on a day when Kerala's active case tally breached the 1-lakh mark. Kerala registered 13,644 new COVID-19 cases on April 19, pushing active caseload to 1,03,004. As many as 21 more fatalities took the death toll to almost 5,000. The state's case tally mounted to 12.53 lakh.
Here's what's allowed and what's not during night curfew in Kerala:
> Essential services, including medical stores, hospitals, fuel stations, night shift employees, milk, newspaper and media, goods transportation and public transportation, have been exempted from the night restrictions, the order stated.
> Restaurants to restrict in-house dining to the "barest minimum" and focus on home deliveries and takeaways, which would not be permitted beyond 9 pm.
> All meetings, training events and other programmes under all government departments would be held online as far as possible.
> The SSLC and Higher Secondary school examinations, being
conducted by the State Board, would continue and all steps to be taken to ensure the students follow all safety precautions.
> All commercial establishment and offices would remain shut during the night curfew.
> No gatherings of any kind would be permitted between 9 pm and 5 am.
> All coaching institutes and tuition centres will remain closed. But they can function online.
> Malls and cinemas to close by 7.30 pm.
> All government department tests, including those to be conducted by the Kerala Public Service Commission, will be postponed for two weeks.
> As per the order, all places of worship should limit the participation of the public with a minimum number of priests and other employees. All regular worships and festivals should be broadcast online.
> All shops and trade establishments and markets which are not adhering to the COVID-19 protocols should be closed immediately for at least two days.Click here for Moneycontrol's full coverage of the COVID-19 outbreak