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Bakrid: Kerala gives relaxation in lockdown

Thiruvananthapuram: In connection with the celebrations of Bakrid (Eid-ul-Azha) on July 21, the Kerala Government has issued new guidelines by giving relaxation in the Covid induced lockdown.

As part of COVID-19 containment activities, the Local Self Government Institutions (LSGIs) in the state were categorized based on the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) and certain relaxations in lockdown

dwere extended to the areas where the TPR is less and special intensified stringent restrictions are being implemented in areas where TPR is high, Chief Secretary Dr VP Joy said in a release here on Monday.

Textiles, footwear shops, jewellery, fancy stores, shops selling home appliances and shops selling electronic items, all types of repairing shops and shops selling essential items (already allowed in all category of LSGIs) will be allowed to open on three days, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, from 0700 hrs to 2000 hrs in ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ category LSGls.

In ‘D’ category, these shops can function on July 19 only. Beauty parlour and barber shops can function for hairstyling only on the days on which other shops are permitted in ‘A’ and ‘B’ category areas.

Along with the other permitted activities, electronic shops and electronic repair shops can also be opened on all days from 0700 hrs to 2000 hrs in category ‘A’ and ‘B’ LSGls and during permitted days in other categories.

Places of worship can be allowed with maximum 40 persons on special occasions of celebration. Shooting of films shall be allowed as per the guidelines adhering to COVID protocols.

Public are cautioned that as far as possible, the persons visiting shops and other establishments may belong to those with at least one dose of vaccine/COvID recovered category and follow strict COVID protocols.

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