Amid the surge of covid, omicron cases Kerala government has decided to impose total lockdown on the next two Sundays in the state. Complete lockdown will be in place on January 23 and 30 in the state. A decision regarding this was taken in the COVID-19 review meeting held on Thursday. Only essential services will be allowed during the lockdown. Meanwhile, the COVID-19 review meeting also decided to shut all schools across the state.
With this, only online classes will be held from Friday onwards. Earlier, the government announced that schools will be partially closed and online classes will be held for students in Classes 1 to 9. But, now it is confirmed that only online classes will be held for all students including those in classes 10, 11 and 12. As per reports, no night curfew will be imposed in the states. Restrictions will be imposed as per the spread of the disease in districts.
Women employees who have kids below 2 years, cancer patients, others suffering from serious ailments at government and private offices will be allowed to work from home. They must produce the certificate of a doctor. All commercial institutions, malls, beaches, theme parks and other tourist spots must strictly follow COVID protocol to avoid crowding. Sanitiser should be provided at a prescribed distance in these places.
Restrictions will be imposed in districts after examining the number of COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals.
All classes except final year classes of PG and degree course, standards 10 and 12 must switch online. As per the government order, offline classes at tuition centres will not be permitted. This rule will not be applicable for residential educational institutions which function in a bio-bubble manner.