In a bid to cut the chain of transmission of the novel coronavirus and to minimize the potential of its spread, Kerala on Sunday amended the state Epidemic Disease Ordinance, putting the COVID-control regulations in the state in place for the next one year.
With coronavirus cases gradually increasing in Kerala, the state government has issued new guidelines to act as preventive measures against the pandemic. The new regulations are known as ‘Kerala Epidemic Disease Corona Virus Disease (Covid-19) Additional Regulations, 2020’, will be in force for a year i.e till July 2021, or till further government direction.
This means people will have to wear masks, maintain social distancing, and avoid large gatherings till July 2021.
The District Collectors have been instructed to ensure due to compliance with the regulations.
The state government has said that whoever contravenes the regulations shall be punishable under the provisions of the Kerala Epidemic Diseases Ordinance, 2020.
Here are the regulations that will remain in place till July 2021 in Kerala:
1. Wearing of Mask/Face Cover
All persons shall cover their mouth and nose with a mask/face cover in all public places, workplaces, any place where the public has access, all kinds of vehicles, and during transport.
2. Social Distancing
All persons shall maintain a social distance of six feet between person to person in all public places and functions.
3. Marriage Functions
In all marriage ceremonies and any functions thereafter the maximum number of participants at a time shall not exceed fifty persons. All persons in such ceremonies/functions shall use sanitizer, wear face cover/mask, and shall keep a social distance of six feet between them. Organizers of marriage or functions shall provide sanitizer for the use of the participants.
In funeral functions, the maximum participants at a time shall not exceed twenty persons and all of them shall wear face cover/mask, use sanitizer and also keep a social distance of six feet between them. In the case of COVID suspected death, the standing instructions issued by the Government of India and state government shall be complied with.
5. Social Gatherings
No manner of social gathering including get together, processions, dharna, congregation, demonstration, etc, shall be conducted without the written permission of the concerned authority. The maximum participants in such social gatherings shall not exceed ten persons. Those participating in such gathering shall wear face cover/mask, use sanitizer, and observe a social distance of six feet between them.
6. Shops and commercial establishments
In shops and all other commercial establishments, the maximum number of persons/customers permitted at a time shall not exceed twenty depending on the size of the room to keep social distancing of six feet between persons.
All the persons and customers in the shop shall wear face cover/mask and shall observe a social distancing of six feet between them. The owner of the shop shall provide sanitizer for the use of customers.
7. Prohibition of spitting in public places
No person shall spit in public places, road or footpath.
8. Registration in COVID-19 Jagratha e-platform
All those who intend to visit Kerala from other states/union territories and from any other country shall furnish the details as prescribed in the web-enabled ‘COVID-19 Jagratha e-platform’ established by the state government for contact tracing, ensuring quarantine and other Covid-19 combating measures to minimize the potential of spread of the epidemic.
9. Inter-State stage carriage road transport
The regular operation of Inter-State stage carriage road transport from and to Kerala by public and private sectors shall remain suspended.