The Kerala government on Saturday announced further relaxations in Covid-19 curbs by reopening cinemas, theatres and indoor auditoriums due to decline in coronavirus cases in the state. However, entry will be allowed only to those who are fully vaccinated. The order will come into effect from October 25. The decision was taken by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in a review meeting.
Here are the new guidelines issued by the Kerala government:
• Cinemas, theatres and indoor auditoriums are allowed to reopen with only 50 per cent of the seating capacity. • Only those who are fully vaccinated with both doses will be allowed entry, and all employees, too, have to be fully vaccinated. • Colleges to open for all students from October 18, while bio bubble has been recommended for the opening up of pre-matric hostels and residential schools, as well as other schools. Some restrictions, however, will be in place. • In colleges, too, students, faculty members and other staff, who have taken both doses of the vaccine, will be allowed. • For marriages and funerals, only 50 people will be allowed to attend. • November 1 has been recommended for hostels, model residential schools and other schools to reopen in the bio-bubble format. All staff will have to be vaccinated with two doses. • Gram sabhas could also begin from November 1 with 50 people in attendance and by following social distancing.
Kerala on Saturday registered 13,217 new Covid-19 cases and 121 deaths, taking the caseload to 47,07,936 and the death toll to 25,303.
Kerala health minister Veena George said the state has tested 96,835 samples in the last 24 hours and there are 745 wards across 368 local self government bodies where the weekly population infection ratio was above ten per cent.
“There are 1,41,155 active cases in the state of which only 11 per cent are in hospitals,” the minister said in a release. Among the districts, Ernakulam reported the highest number of fresh infections on Saturday–1,730, followed by Thiruvananthapuram 1,584 and Thrissur 1,579.