Thiruvananthapuram, June 1 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday announced further relaxations in lockdown norms based on the Centre’s directives which includes public transport to nearby districts.
“Public transport will be allowed to the nearby districts. Only seating capacity travel is allowed and use of masks and placing of a sanitizer in the bus is essential,” said Vijayan.
Hitherto only intra-district public transport was allowed and from Tuesday onwards the new travel guidelines will be followed. The state has 14 districts.
“At no cost will be any public function allowed, but marriages can be held at halls and auditoriums but no more than 50 people can take part. In cars, driver plus three passengers will be allowed while in auto-rickshaws, two passengers can be allowed,” said Vijayan and added that the famed Sree Krishna temple at Guruvayoor also can commence conducting of marriages.
“Now that train and flight services have started to operate, from now on those who arrive from outside the state, if they possess a valid return ticket within seven days, need not go for quarantine,” said Vijayan.
He said film shooting can resume but should be only indoor shooting and not more than 50 people can assemble there, likewise for TV serial, shooting also can start indoors with a maximum of 25 people only.
“As things stand, educational institutions are likely to open in July or later. Until then, online classes can be held, which began on Monday. We will ensure that all will get the benefit of this. None need to be worried if they have not been able to connect today,” added Vijayan.
With regard to opening of religious places, the decision has to come from the Centre and it’s expected to come on June 8, he said.
“Let them come out with guidelines, then we will discuss with religious heads here. The Centre will also decide on opening of malls and hotels and we will also take the call then,” added Vijayan.