Kerala Limits Wedding & Funeral Gatherings To Maximum 50 Guests Amid COVID Surge

Mumbai: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday decided to limit the number of people who can attend weddings and funerals to a maximum of 50, following a COVID-19 review meeting. He also directed the state’s Health and Education Department to ensure that vaccination of those in the 15-18 age group must be completed by this week.

Earlier last week, the government had directed that the number of people is limited to 75 for weddings, funerals, political, social and cultural events in closed rooms and 150 in open spaces. Now in the latest decision, it has been further reduced to 50. without specifying whether it is for closed rooms or open spaces or both.

It was also decided in the meeting that reunions, celebrations and general social, political, cultural and community events should be conducted online except in extreme circumstances, the release said.

It said that while organizing events with a physical presence, precautions including physical distancing should be taken and public gatherings should be avoided if possible.

In the meeting, instructions were given to the Health and Education Department to ensure that the vaccination of students above 15 years of age is completed this week, the release said. Also, consider getting vaccinated.

In the meeting, the CM said that Kudumbashree elections and gram sabhas can be conducted following the Covid norms like maintaining social distance. CM Vijayan also directed that a telemedicine system should also be implemented and awareness programs regarding Omicron should be organized, the release said.

On Sunday, Kerala recorded 6,238 new cases, sending its test positivity rate (TPR) to 11.52 per cent, against 9.38 per cent on the previous day. The new cases included 49 healthcare workers. The state tested 54,108 samples were tested in the past 24 hours.

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