Government of Kerala notifies lockdown till March 31, 2020

Mar 26, 2020 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

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The State Government of Kerala on March 23, 2020, notifies lockdown in the entire state of Kerala with immediate effect till March 31, 2020.

Due to lockdown Kerala Government prescribes following regulations and measures during the said period:

1.All passenger transport services including inter-state, inter-district and intra-district operations of road transport corporations and private operators shall be stopped.

2.Use of taxis and auto-rickshaws will be permitted only for procurement of essential commodities, medicines and for attending to medical emergencies.

3.Plying of private vehicles shall be allowed only to the extent of procuring essential commodities and services.

4.Not more than one adult person will be permitted in private vehicle excluding the person driving the vehicle.

5.Every person who is required to observe home quarantine will strictly observe the same.

6.Any congregation of more than 5 persons are prohibited.

7.All commercial establishments, offices, factories, workshops, godowns etc. shall close their operations except those exempted in this order.

The following shops / establishments providing essential goods and services shall be excluded from the above restrictions:

a)Banks/ATMs

b)Print and electronic media

c)Telecom, postal and internet services

d)Supply chain and transport of essential commodities.

e)Delivery of essential goods and services as takeaway / home delivery.

f)Shops / bakeries including departmental stores and supermarkets will be allowed to be open between 11.00 hrs to 17.00 hrs every day.

g)Petrol Pumps, LPG gas, oil agencies, their godowns and related transport operations.

h)Bus stations, railway stations, airports and ports will be open for cargo movement only.

i)Security services including private security services.

j)Drinking water production, supply and distribution in bulk and containers.

k)Private establishments involved in the production and supply of equipment required to certain COVID-19 including masks, sanitizers, drugs, personal protective equipments (PPE) etc.

l)Fab labs and super fab labs and units in technology innovation zone and start up missions.

m)All services notified in the Essential Commodities Act, 1955.

n)SEBI regulated stock market entities.

The Departments / Offices of the State Government shall be functional with required staff as directed by the Secretary / HOD.

All foreign returnees who entered Kerala on or after March 10, 2020 shall mandatorily contact the District Administration / District Police and register themselves, failing which they shall be liable for legal action. Strict quarantine shall be observed by all foreign returnees.

Any person who disobeys any part of this order shall be deemed to have committed an offence under section 188, 269, 270 and 271 of the Indian Penal Code.

[Order No. G.O(Ms) No. 49/2020/GDA]


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