Thiruvananthapuram: Only 20 persons will be allowed to attend marriages and death-related functions today and on January 30 as part of enforcing lockdown-like curbs on the Sundays in a bid to control the spurt in COVID-19 cases in Kerala.
- Shops selling essential items such as milk, newspaper, fish, meat, fruits and vegetables and provision will be open only from 7 am to 9 pm
- Those working in essential service sectors (such as police, fire force, media, govt officials, healthworkers etc.) can travel with their employment identity cards.
- Medical stores, media establishments, telecom, Internet services and ambulance services will function full time.
- Sanitation workers are also allowed to work
- Emergency travel is allowed. But documents proving the emergency nature should be produced.
- Travel for hospital visits and for vaccination purposes are allowed.
- Only parcel services will be available in hotels and bakeries from 7 am to 9 pm. No one will be served food at hotels and restaurants.
- There will be no changes in the examinations scheduled. Hall-tciket and ID card should be produced.
- Long-distance buses and trains will ply.
- Those who travel to airports and railway stations can use their private vehicles. Keep the ticket in hand.
- Tourists are allowed to travel to their hotel or resort with stay vouchers. Pre-booked tourist cars and taxis are allowed.
- Workshops can open in emergency situations.
- There is no bar for visiting hotels, resorts and tourist places if you have made advance booking in these places. Liquor shops will not open.
Interestingly, in the order issued by the Disaster Management Department, toddy sale was included as essential services. So, toddy shops will function on both the Sundays when lockdown-like curbs are implemented. Toddy shops will be open from 9 am to 7 pm. But, there is still no clarity on whether liquor outlets run by the Beverages Corporation and the Consumerfed can be opened on these days.