Thiruvananthapuram | Jagran News Desk: In a bid to control the spread of the novel coronavirus, which originated in China's Wuhan, in the state, the Kerala government on Sunday issued notification extending the enforcement of the COVID-19 regulations till July 2021.

In its guidelines, the state government no manner of social gathering including get together, processions, dharna, congregation, demonstration etc. will be allowed in the state without the written permission of the concerned authority while adding that the maximum participants in such social gathering should be ten persons and people will have to follow social distancing norms.

The state government further said that a minimum of six feet distance will have to be maintained in all public places and functions. It will also be compulsory of the people to wear face masks at public places and workplaces, the state government noted.

In its order, the state government said that a maximum of 50 people will be allowed to attend a marriage function, adding that social distancing norms will have to followed and the organiser will have to provide hand sanitizers to the guests.

In case of funeral, the guidelines noted that 20 people will be allowed to attend it while maintaining social distancing. In the case of COVID suspected death, the standing instructions issued by Government of India and state government shall be complied, the state government added.

Speaking about shops and commercial establishments, the state government said that the maximum number of customers permitted at a time shall not exceed twenty depending on the size of the room to keep social distancing of six feet between persons.

The government further said that spitting at public places will be strictly prohibited in the state till July 2021, adding that passes will not be needed for interstate travel but the passengers will need to register at Jagratha e-platform. 

The decision has been taken to control the spread of the novel coronavirus in the state. So far the highly contagious coronavirus has affected over 5,000 people and claimed the lives of 25 people in the state, according to the data available at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma