State may impose district-wise lockdown
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday stated the federal government would lockdown districts of their entirety if the variety of new circumstances surged and the take a look at positivity fee crossed a sure threshold within the locality.
The second coming of the pandemic has strained the State’s finite well being care sources, he stated. Hospital beds and supplemental oxygen had been at a premium. Kerala has to cease the surge, he stated.
The authorities had no choice however to ratchet up restrictions on life, motion and commerce from May 4. Only important authorities workplaces would perform, Mr. Vijayan stated.
Banks may open for enterprise from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on working days. However, they need to shutter mandatorily at 2 p.m. The 9 p.m. to five a.m. curfew would proceed. Shops may stay open until 9 p.m., he stated.
No curbs on journey
There isn’t any restriction on air or rail journey. Long-distances buses can function. Autorickshaws, taxi cabs, hail taxi providers, stage carriage automobiles and personal vehicles can ferry passengers to and from bus terminals, airports and railway stations. However, the passengers ought to furnish id and journey paperwork when challenged by the police. The authorities has banned informal journey on the weekend and from May 4 to May 9.
Vehicle restore and repair centres can function as common.
Shops promoting meals, groceries, fruits, greens, milk, dairy merchandise and meat and fish stalls can open. So can lodges. However, the State has banned indoor eating. The emphasis was on house supply and takeaway.
Citizens ought to depend on neighbourhood outlets for necessities. They shouldn’t enterprise a lot away from their properties. Optimally, folks ought to sequester themselves indoors and enterprise out solely within the occasion of a contingency.
Markets may open for enterprise. However, market committees ought to make sure that distributors preserve a bodily distance of at the very least 2 m from one another. They ought to put on masks and gloves mandatorily.
Cinema and tv serial firms ought to wind up manufacturing for now. The State aimed to halt actions that may necessitate folks to assemble. Mr. Vijayan urged the general public to postpone celebratory occasions, droop non-essential journey and put on two masks in public. People ought to mandatorily stay indoors on vote counting day on May 2. The authorities has banned public jubilation.
The authorities has shifted gear from counselling to strict enforcement. The District Magistrate, Kollam, shuttered a pawnshop that admitted prospects in appreciable numbers.