In view of COVID-19 pandemic, Kerala govt prohibits all public gatherings on New Year's eve

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The government said that lawful action shall be initiated under various provisions of law against people failing to adhere to COVID-19 Protocols.

 

In view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Kerala government on Wednesday issued an order prohibiting all public gatherings during New Year celebrations.

Signed by principal secretary Dr A Jayathilak, the order has been sent to all district collectors and police chiefs

As per the direction, all celebrations in the state on Thursday should cease by 10.00 pm.

"Inter alia, use of face masks, maintenance of social distance, and sanitising to break the chain of disease transmission are reiterated. No public gatherings are permitted as part of New Year celebrations on New Year's Eve. All New Year celebrations on New Year's Eve (December 31) should cease by 10 .00 pm," the government said.

"Given the COVID-19 pandemic situation in the State, New Year 2021 celebrations by the public is likely to result in a spike in the transmission of COVID-19, if extant Covid Protocols are not adhered to," it stated.

The government said that lawful action shall be initiated under various provisions of law against people failing to adhere to COVID-19 Protocols.

It has made wearing of face masks, maintenance of social distance and sanitisation mandatory for those celebrating new year. 

The government directed the district administration to ensure compliance.

On Wednesday, Kerala reported 6,268 new COVID-19 cases and 5,707 fresh recoveries, according to the state government. 

In the meantime, Kerala reported 28 deaths related to COVID-19, taking the death toll in the state to 3,042.

At present, there are 65,394 patients still undergoing treatment while a total of 6,87,104 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the State.

 

With inputs from Agency

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