Covid-19: Only essential services, travel allowed today in Kerala | Thiruvananthapuram News

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The 24-hour lockdown type restrictions came into effect from midnight. Only essential travel will be authorized on Sunday for which people will have to declare a sworn statement before the police.
Shops selling essentials like groceries, medicine, milk, meat and fruit can open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. However, on-site dining will not be permitted in hotels, bakeries and restaurants. Only parcel services will be allowed here. Bars, Bevco and Consumerfed outlets, theaters and shopping malls are not allowed to open. Those who work on Sundays can travel, provided they present their identity card to the police. The police will intensify checks at all strategic points and those who violate the restrictions will be fined and cases will be registered.
Police said people arriving at train stations, bus stops or airports can travel, but will need to show tickets at checkpoints. People who have booked resorts or hotels can also travel after producing the booking details.
Workshops were allowed to open for emergency services. KSRTC will operate emergency services in the city, MC road and national highways. But there will be no regular service on all lines. The police will allow people who want to go to hospitals for emergencies, people who are being vaccinated against Covid and also their passers-by to travel.
All pre-scheduled functions can be held with a maximum attendance of 20 people. This will apply to weddings and also to funerals. Candidates appearing for the exams must present the room tickets at the checkpoints.
Special leave
The state government has canceled the special occasional leave given to people on the direct contact list of Covid-positive people. Government employees had the privilege of taking a seven-day special casual leave if they became primary contacts. This has now been removed.
Under the new guidelines issued, people coming into contact with Covid-positive people should report the issue in the workplace, monitor themselves and maintain social distancing. Those with symptoms should take necessary action in accordance with instructions from the state health department, the order issued by the chief secretary said.

Michelle J. Kelley