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Kerala modifies lockdown relaxations after Centre's notice

PTI
Published Apr 20, 2020, 5:02 pm IST
Updated Apr 20, 2020, 5:02 pm IST
Union Home Secretary had written to the state chief secretary objecting to Kerala government giving lockdown relaxations
 Vendors selling vegetables at a deserted Kozhikode bus stand. (PTI)
  Vendors selling vegetables at a deserted Kozhikode bus stand. (PTI)

Thiruvananthapuram: With the Centre taking strong objection to certain relaxations by it in the COVID-19 lockdown guidelines, the Kerala state government on Monday decided not to allow plying of buses in cities, the opening of restaurants and pillion riding on two-wheelers, official sources said.

The decision was taken at a meeting chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan held with state chief secretary Tom Jose on Monday morning, the sources said.

 

"A formal order on the restrictions would be issued today itself. Buses would not be allowed to ply, restaurants will remain closed and only parcel service would be allowed and barbershops will also remain shut," they told reporters.

The Union Home Secretary had written to the state chief secretary objecting to Kerala government giving additional relaxation which amounted to "dilution" of lockdown guidelines issued on April 15 under the Disaster Management Act 2005.

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