Lockdown relaxations take effect in Kerala, stringent curbs for local bodies with more than 24% TPR

The Ayikkara Harbour which was closed for over a month due to the lockdown started operations on Sunday. Photo: Harilal S S

Thiruvananthapuram: The new relaxations in the lockdown regulations announced by the Kerala government took effect on Thursday.

The state government on Tuesday announced further relaxations while cautioning the public against a possible third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Relaxations based on average TPR

There are 277 local bodies in Kerala with an average Test Positivity Rate of less than eight per cent in the last seven days (A Category), 575 between 8 and 16 per cent TPR (B Category), 171 in the 16 to 24 per cent TPR range (C Category) and 11 LSG bodies with over 24 per cent TPR (D Category).

The relaxations in lockdown restrictions are being allowed in the A & B Category local bodies. Full lockdown will continue to be enforced on weekends across the state.

Here are the new guidelines:

• Banks will function on Tuesdays and Thursdays also, but the public will not have access to the branches on these days.

• All government institutions and banks in Category A and B areas will be allowed to operate with up to 50 per cent employees and all government institutions in category C, with up to 25 per cent staff.

• Places of worship can open, subject to a maximum of 15 persons at a time.

• Liquor shops in local bodies bordering Tamil Nadu will remain closed.

• Classes for medical students will start on July 1 as they have been vaccinated.

• The 18 to 23-year-olds will be treated as a special category for vaccination. This will enable the opening up of regular colleges for them.

• Indoor shooting of TV serials with a minimum number of artistes and crew is allowed. However, public should not be allowed in the locations.

• Government is considering to open tourism spots to those who have received both the vaccination doses

• Those visiting Idukki from Tamil Nadu should have undergone antigen tests. Daily visits will not be allowed

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