The government has approved a few further relaxations a day after traders in Kozhikode protested against the prolonged COVID-19 restrictions in Kerala. Taking into account the state’s unreduced Test Positivity Rate (TPR), these aren’t substantially more than the present allowances.
While COVID-19 cases have been progressively decreasing across the country, the percentage of infected people in Kerala has stayed relatively constant for months.
Kerala Chief Secretary VP Joy issued further lockdown rules on Wednesday morning, which will take effect on July 15.
Local Self Government Institutions (LSGIs) will be classified in the same way they are now. The TPR recorded in a certain location is used to categories the data. Exemptions and restrictions that already apply to the category will be maintained.
On the days they have already been authorised to open, shops in categories A, B, and C of the LSGIs will be allowed to open until 8 p.m. (allowing a half an hour increase in closing time). After analysing the TPR of the area, collectors of separate districts might create micro-containment zones and enforce particular limitations in categories.
Banks will be available to the public for transactions on all weekdays. On weekends, however, it will be closed to the public. Under the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1. 881, banks and other financial institutions will be closed on July 17, Saturday.
On Saturday and Sunday, July 17 and 18, there will be complete lockdown, as has been the case on recent weeks.