Centre writes to Kerala govt over easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions, says decision violates MHA guidelines

The Kerala government has announced relaxation of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in two zones, allowing among others private vehicles movement in an odd-even basis and dine-in services at hotels from Monday.

Press Trust of India April 20, 2020 10:24:25 IST
Centre writes to Kerala govt over easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions, says decision violates MHA guidelines

New Delhi, Apr 20 (PTI) The Union Home Ministry has taken strong objection to the Kerala government's decision to allow opening of restaurants, bus travel in cities and opening of MSME industries in municipal areas, saying it amounts to dilution of its lockdown guidelines.

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In a letter to the Kerala government, the home ministry said the state government on 17 April has circulated revised guidelines for lockdown measures which allowed opening of activities which are prohibited in the Centre's consolidated revised guidelines issued on 15 April.

Such additional activities allowed by the government of Kerala, include opening of local workshops, barber shops, restaurants, book stores, MSMEs in municipal limits, bus travel in cities and towns for shorter distance, two passengers in the back seat of four wheeler and pillion riding on scooters.

This amounts to dilution of guidelines issued by the home ministry and violation of its 15 April order issued under the Disaster Management Act 2005, the home ministry said.

The Kerala government has announced relaxation of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in two zones, allowing among others private vehicles movement in an odd-even basis and dine-in services at hotels from Monday.

Kerala on Sunday reported two positive cases of COVID-19 in the state, taking the total number of affected to 401 while the health department announced that 13 people were cured.

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