The Kerala government on Saturday relaxed Covid-19 lockdown restrictions on 18, 19, and 20 July in view of Eid-ul-Azha (Bakrid) celebrations.
Kerala on Saturday recorded 16,148 fresh COVID-19 cases, pushing the infection caseload to 31,46,981, while the toll rose to 15,269 with 114 more deaths. As many as 13,197 people were cured of the infection, taking the total recoveries to 30,06,439, leaving 1,24,779 active cases, a state government release said.
The Test Positivity Rate (TPR) stood at 10.76 per cent. There are currently 3,99,634 people under surveillance in various districts of the state. Of these, 3,74,822 are in home or institutional quarantine and 24,812 in hospitals.
The state government issued new guidelines under five categories of districts based on the test positivity rates. TPR below 5 is category A, between 5 to 10 is category B, 10 to 15 is category C and TPR above 15 is category ‘D’.
Here are the new rules:
• Apart from shops selling essential items in the A, B and C category, shops selling clothes, shoes, electronic items, fancy and jewellery will now be allowed to open till 8 pm.
• In places of worship, up to 40 people who have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine will be allowed to enter.
• Shops in the ‘D’ category will be allowed to open only on Monday.
• In the ‘A’ and ‘B’ categories, beauty parlours and barber shops are permitted to open with staff who have received at least one dose of vaccine.
• Along with the other permitted activities, electronic shops and electronic repair shops can also be opened on all days from 7 AM to 8 PM in category A and B areas and during permitted days in other categories.
• The government has also allowed film shooting in A and B however subject to strict adherence to strict Covid protocol.
• The number of pilgrims who could participate in the pooja at Sabarimala has been increased from 5,000 to 10,000.
• Entry at all these places should be allowed only to those who have received at least one dose of vaccine.
• Negative RT-PCR tests were no longer mandatory for inter-state travel and attending exams for persons who have received two doses of Covid- vaccine.
• Anyone attending activities for which a negative RT-PCR result is required, like interstate travel, should carry the certificate showing they have received two doses of vaccine. “However, those who have developed symptoms of COVID shall undergo RT-PCR test and carry the negative result,” the release said.