Kerala will reopen theaters, indoor auditoriums from October 25, but with restrictions; check the new rules

The Kerala government on Saturday announced the reopening of indoor cinemas and auditoriums from October 25 with some restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Chief Minister Pinnarayi Vijayan announced at a press briefing on Saturday the reopening of state cinemas on condition that entry be restricted to those who are fully vaccinated, including employees.

In addition, theaters and auditoriums will operate with a capacity of only 50%.

The announcement came as the number of daily Covid-19 cases declined in the southern state. However, it still contributes more than half of India’s 24-hour Covid-19 tally.

Regarding weddings, it has been decided to increase the number of guests from 20 to 50, and grama sabhas can also be called, but will have to follow Covid protocols.

Meanwhile, Kerala recorded 13,217 new COVID-19 cases and 121 deaths on Saturday, bringing the number of cases to 47,07,936 and the death toll to 25,303.

Health Minister Veena George said the state had tested 96,835 samples in the past 24 hours and that there were 745 departments in 368 self-governing local agencies where the population’s weekly infection rate was greater than 10%.

“There are 1,41,155 active cases in the state of which only 11% are in hospitals,” the minister said in a statement. Among the districts, Ernakulam reported the highest number of new infections on Saturday – 1,730, followed by Thiruvananthapuram 1,584 and Thrissur 1,579.

Meanwhile, 14,437 people have recovered from the disease, bringing the total recovered in the state to 45,40,866.

There are 4,37,864 people under observation, 17,308 of whom are in isolation in various hospitals.

Posted on: Saturday October 02, 2021, 7:05 PM IST

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