Lockdown restrictions across India are gradually easing down and the country reopening in a calibrated manner. However, the number of coronavirus cases in India is still on the spike. At present, India has nearly 7,20,000 confirmed coronavirus cases with 20,160 deaths. To combat the spread of the virus, the various states and Union Territories are updating their safety guidelines every now and then. Kerala, which was recently permitting 7-day visits to the state without the mandatory quarantine, has now issued special COVID-19 regulations. to be in effect till July 2021. Read on to know the details.,
COVID-19 Regulations In Kerala Till July 2021
On July 5, 2020, Kerala issued a new set of regulations, known as the ‘Kerala Epidemic Disease Corona Virus Disease (Covid-19) Additional Regulations, 2020’, that will be in force for a year unless the government makes any amendment.
The new rules are as follows:
1. Wearing masks to cover mouth and nose is compulsory at all public places.
2. Every person must maintain a minimum distance of six feet from others in all public places and functions.
3. Not more than 50 persons will have permission to attend marriage ceremonies. Organisers of the functions need to provide sanitizers to all the attendees.
4. Funerals can take place with a maximum of 20 participants. Every person present at the funeral must wear masks and maintain a distance of six feet from others. In case of a coronavirus suspected death, the standing instructions issued by the centre has to be followed.
5. No social gatherings, including get-togethers, processions, demonstrations, etc, can take place without written permissions of the concerned authorities. Also, these gatherings can take place with a maximum of 10 persons.
6. In shops and other commercial establishments, a maximum number of 20 persons can be allowed at a shop, depending on the size of the shop. The shopkeeper must provide sanitizer to the customers and ensure that they keep a distance of six feet from one another.
7. Spitting in public places, roads and footpaths will be prohibited. The national directive on lockdown conditions issued by the Home Ministry had stated, “Spitting in public spaces shall be punishable with a fine.”
Travel Restrictions To Visit Kerala
People who need to visit Kerala from other states, Union Territories and countries need to register themselves on the ‘COVID-19 Jagratha e-platform’ established by the Kerala government. Inter-state carriage transport to and from Kerala by private and public sectors will not be permitted.
Other Ways In Which Kerala Is Tackling The Pandemic
Hospitals in Bangalore and Kerala have deployed robots to assess patients for coronavirus. The robots first use face recognition to check temperatures of the patients. Patients have to maintain a certain distance from the robot and look into the camera. Once the body temperature is scanned, then it asks them about the prevalent symptoms. In the wake of the pandemic, the state had shut down tourist spots. Also, all major festivals, including the the ‘Thrissur Pooram’ temple festival and the snake-boat race festival have been cancelled in Kerala this year.
The first coronavirus case in India was reported in Kerala on January 30, 2020. Now, the total count of cases in Kerala in around 5622 with 27 deaths. Despite the precautionary measures by the Centre and the state, the infection is spreading like wildfire. Thus, extending the regulations for an entire year is definitely a great decision by the Kerala government. On that note, here’s a glimpse into Kerala’s best-kept secret, the Kairali Ayurvedic Healing Village: