Kerala

Govt. orders ban on public gatherings

Tightening the COVID-19 containment measures, the government has directed District Collectors to impose prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC to prevent public congregations and gatherings.

In an order issued by Chief Secretary Vishwas Mehta late Thursday, assembly or gathering of people numbering over five has been prohibited from 9 a.m. on October 3 to 12 a.m. on October 31. The move is aimed at reining in gatherings that pose the threat of unleashing a super spread of the infection in the State.

The District Collectors have been instructed to assess the ground situation in each district and invoke relevant provisions and orders under Section 144 of the CrPC to control the COVID-19 spread. Strict restrictions will also be imposed in containment zones and in specific areas that has been witnessing a critical situation.

However, the existing relaxations for programmes such as weddings and funerals will continue, the order stated.

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