Kerala govt relaxes lockdown curbs shops to open 6 days

Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 4 (PTI) The Kerala government on
Wednesday announced easing of the lockdown curbs, imposed in
the state in view of the spread of COVID-19.
Health Minister Veena George, who made a statement in
this regard in the state Assembly, said it would be a triple
lockdown for shops located in an area, where over 10 of the
1000 people of the population are infected in a week.
"In other places, shops will be allowed to operate six
days in a week considering the current general situation in
the state and the progress of the vaccination," she said,
adding that it can function from 7 am till 9 pm.
Shops would remain open and curbs would be eased on
August 15 and 22 though the days fall on Sunday, considering
the Independence Day and the Onam festival rush respectively,
she said.
However, the minister urged the shops and business
establishments to make special arrangements to avoid rush and
ensure social distancing in their premises on account of
festival season.
Meetings would be held with local self government bodies,
police and traders in this regard, she added.
Noting that the practice of avoiding political, cultural
and social gatherings, which used to attract huge crowds,
should be continued, George said people should visit the
places of worship considering its area and space.
A maximum of 40 people can visit the places of worship
which are generally spacious, while up to 20 people can attend
weddings and funerals.
The LDF government had been facing severe criticism from
the opposition parties and traders in the state for some time
over its continuing pandemic-induced curbs. PTI LGK

(This story has not been edited by THE WEEK and is auto-generated from PTI)