With Covid-19 cases exploding in the state and an all-party meeting scheduled for Tuesday evening, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan stated that his government doesn’t want to implement a complete shutdown. Instead, there will be a strengthening of restrictions on public events like marriages and funerals and effective monitoring of guidelines like wearing of masks and maintaining physical distance, he said.
Responding to a reporter’s question at the press briefing, Vijayan said, “I cannot predict what will come up for discussion at the all-party meeting tomorrow (Sept 29). Everyone is aware how critical the situation is. The government doesn’t want to go toward a complete shutdown. But at the same time, there will be tough restrictions. Covid-guidelines such as wearing masks and maintaining social distancing have to be followed. There is a sense among a section of the people that these guidelines are not required anymore. That is dangerous.”