COVID restrictions in Kerala extended to religious gatherings, courts to function online

A large number of pilgrims had witnessed the Makara Jyoti at Sabarimala on Friday. Representational image: Manorama

Thiruvananthapuram: The restrictions on public programmes in Kerala in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases have been extended to religious events.

In places with Test Positivity Rate (TPR) above 20%, no more than 50 persons may gather for such events, the state government has said.

Meanwhile, the functioning of courts in Kerala will switch to online mode starting Monday. The High Court of Kerala issued a circular in this regard.

Exceptions will be given to special cases that require an in-person hearing. Under such circumstances, no more than 15 persons will be permitted inside the courtrooms and restrictions will apply for the public.

The state government had on Friday decided to close schools for classes 1 to 9. It was also decided to reintroduce the work-from-home system for pregnant employees of government/semi-government institutions.

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