Kerala

Section 144 clamped in Ernakulam district to contain coronavirus infections

Police checking vehicles at Thevara in Kochi on Tuesday.

Police checking vehicles at Thevara in Kochi on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: H. Vibhu

13-point charter of restrictions in place

People in home quarantine who fail to comply with protocol will be subjected to penal action and will be shifted to government quarantine facilities.

 

This was part a 13-point charter of restrictions and regulations that came into force in Ernakulam district since Monday midnight shortly after district Collector S. Suhas clamped Section 144 in the district. Section 144 was imposed as part of the State-wide lockdown declared by the Kerala government till this month-end to check the spread of COVID-19.

Shops dealing in essential items such as groceries, will be functional only between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. though medical shops have been exempted. All other shops and establishments should remain closed during the period. Banks and other financial institutions will be allowed to function only up to 2 p.m.

 

Only shops dealing in essential goods will be permitted in malls, which should not switch on the centralised air conditioning system at any cost.

No bus services

Public transport, including KSRTC and private buses, will stay off the road. However, the supply of petrol and cooking gas will continue uninterrupted. Government offices should function with minimum staff strength without affecting their operations.

No public gathering will be permissible in places of worship, and should be restricted to basic unavoidable rituals alone. Hotels can continue takeaway services but at no cost should let people have food inside.

All gatherings in excess of five people remain banned. People should not assemble or venture out unless for unavoidable reasons in which case they should maintain safe social distance. People coming from outside the State should undergo mandatory quarantine and should never break the protocol.

Mandatory 14-day quarantine for travellers

Foreigners and those who have travelled from abroad after March 10 should inform the police. They will be arrested if they do not undergo self quarantine for 14 days or fail to inform the health authorities.

Autorickshaw, taxi and online cabs could be availed only on medical grounds or for transporting essential items alone. Private vehicles should not have more than one person other than the driver and must be used only for transportation of essential goods and for other essential services.

Those found violating the restrictions will be slapped with charges under IPC Section 269, 188 etc.

Deputy Collector (disaster management) has been entrusted with the implementations of these restrictions in coordination with other departments concerned.

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