Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government imposed a two-week-long night curfew from Tuesday amid the recent spike in daily COVID-19 cases across the state. The decision was taken by a core committee of coronavirus management headed, by the Kerala Chief Secretary, on Monday.
“Restriction on non-essential activities and movement at night between 9 pm and 5 am shall come into force from 9 pm of April 20. No gatherings of any kind shall be permitted between 9 pm and 5 am. Essential services (medical stores, hospitals, fuel stations, night shift employees, milk, newspaper, media etc), goods transportation and public transportation are exempted from the night restriction,” said the government order issued by the Chief Secretary.
According to the official order, tuition centres must only function through online medium and not hold any physical classes while all malls and theatres have been instructed to reschedule their timings and close by 7.30 pm.
“All meetings, training events and other programs under all government departments, organisations shall be held through the online medium as far as possible. All places of worship must limit public participation with a minimum number of priests, managers, and others employed in those places of worship. All regular worship and festivals may be broadcast online,” the order said.
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The government also opted that all government department tests in the state will be postponed for the next two weeks. The Public Service Commission (PSC) also will be requested to postpone all exams for two weeks.
“All shops, establishments, markets, etc. which are not adhering to COVID-19 protocols shall be closed immediately for a period of minimum two days. The Sectoral Magistrates and police will ensure this. The number of days would depend on the severity of the violation,” the order read.