Kerala announced a lockdown from May 8 to 16 amid a surge in cases. The state has the second highest COVID-19 caseload in India currently. With hospitals overburdened and cases continuing to rise, the Kerala government announced a lockdown to check the transmission of the virus in the state.
Here is what will remain open from May 8 to May 16.
All Government of India offices, along with its autonomous and subordinate officers will remain shut.
The only exceptions are - Defence, Central Armed Police Forces, Treasury, Public Utilities (including petroleum, CNG, LPG, PNG), Disaster Management, Power Generation and transmission units, Postal department and post offices, National Informatics Centre, Early warning Agencies, Food Corporation of India, Indian Meteorological Department, Doordarshan, All India Radio, Central Water Commission, National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project (MPCS and EWDS works), Airport Authority of India, Airport, Seaport, Railways.
All state government offices and its autonomous and subordinate offices and public corporations shall remain closed. Exceptions include Health, Ayush, Revenue, LSGD, Food and Civil Supplies,Industries, Labour, Zoo, Kerala IT mission, Irrigation, Veterinary services, Social Justice Institutions, Printing, Insurance Medical Services.
Police, Excise, Home Guards, Civil Defence, Fire & emergency Services, Disaster Management, Forest and prisons offices will also remain open. The district collectorate, treasure, electricity, Water Resources and Sanitation departments will function through the lockdown.
All the above departments except those involved in Covid management are ordered to reduce the staff requirements.
Hospitals and all related medical establishments, including their manufacturing and distribution units, both in public and private sectors such as dispensaries, chemists and medical equipment shops, laboratories etc will continue to remain functional.
Transport for all medical personnel, nurses, para medical staff, other hospital services be permitted.
Moreover, agricultural, horticultural, fisheries, plantation and animal husbandry activities are permitted with minimum movement of persons. Procurement and marketing of perishable agricultural commodities shall also be permitted.
Only essential services to remain open
All commercial and private establishments will remain closed. This excludes essential services such as
All industries are to remain closed except
All roadways and waterways transport services will remain suspended. Air rail services (Except Metro) will remain operational. Exceptions:
All Hospitality services to remain shut except
Education institutions, coaching centres, research centres etc are to remain closed. All places of worship too shall remain closed.
All social /political/ /sports/entertainment/academic/cultural/religious gatherings are barred.
Funerals and marriages will only have a maximum of 20 persons in attendance. Details of funerals and weddings have to be registered in the covid19 jagratha portal. Strict social distancing and advance intimation of marriage to the nearest police station.
Movement of volunteers connected with the COVID-19 activities, essential service providers such as plumbers and electricians are permitted.
Pre-monsoon preparedness works, including cleaning works, are permitted.
For elederly persons and bedridden individuals, movement of house helps and caregivers is permitted.
Construction and maintenance works are permitted. MGNREGA and Ayyankali Employment Guarantee Scheme works with groups upto 5 persons maintaining Covid protocols are permitted. Transportation of workers to the site adhering to Covid protocols will also be permitted. However, such transportation may be minimised.