Kerala grants partial exemption to jewelry stores during lockdown; relief for fishermen
The Kerala government on Thursday expanded the list of exemptions during the lockdown imposed until May 23 to contain the spread of the new coronavirus. For example, textile and jewelry stores can now remain open with limited staff for home delivery of clothing or jewelry. In addition, free food kits will be distributed to the fishing community who lost their livelihoods during containment and the cyclone using SDRF funds. In another move, tax advisers and GST practitioners were allowed to operate Thursday and Friday for payment of GST returns and tax payments without late fees.
Works related to the tower are authorized as telecommunications are an essential service. In addition, the pineapple collection and related work has been exempted from the interlocking curbs. Currently, there are 3,32,226 new active coronavirus cases in the state, while 18,94,518 patients have recovered and 6,724 deaths have been recorded. While a total of 65,79667 people have been vaccinated in Kerala so far, 20,19,739 of them have also received the second dose of the vaccine.
In view of COVID-19, textile and jewelry stores are allowed to open with limited staff for home / online delivery of clothing / jewelry, wedding customers are allowed in stores for up to 1 hour. Migrant workers authorized for pineapple collection and related work: Government of Kerala (20.05) pic.twitter.com/RybcGCHqxS
– ANI (@ANI) May 20, 2021
Here are the COVID-19 borders in Kerala:
- Employees of all central and state government offices and their autonomous bodies, companies dealing with emergency and essential services are exempt from the restrictions. People can travel in an emergency by obtaining a pass from the police
- All borders are under strict police surveillance and only freight vehicles and those with clearance from the relevant authorities are allowed to enter the state.
- All primary sectors such as agriculture, plantations, animal husbandry, dairy products, fishing, etc. and secondary sectors like industries and MSMEs, etc. and constructions will continue to maintain COVID protocols
- All meetings (government and private) must be held online
- Movie theaters, shopping malls, gymnasiums, clubs, sports complexes, swimming pools, amusement parks and bars will remain closed
- All social, political, cultural and religious functions are prohibited
- Only neighborhood stores that sell medicine, newspapers, food, groceries, fruit and vegetables, dairy and milk stalls, meat and fish are allowed to operate.
- Banks, insurance, financial services, capital market and debt services as notified by SEBI and credit unions will only operate every other day during the lockdown – Monday, Wednesday and Friday
- Anyone violating the lockdown guidelines would face penalties under the relevant provisions of the Disaster Management Act, Kerala Epidemic Diseases Ordinance, 2021 and other relevant laws in force.