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Sunday, 24 October 2021 8.56 PM IST

Govt announces concessions in Kerala: Dine-in allowed at hotels, bars; indoor stadiums, swimming pools can function

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced more concessions on Covid restrictions in the state. People are allowed to dine in at hotels and bars. Until now, only parcels were allowed from hotels. Hotels and bars can seat only 50 percent of its capacity. Social distance must be strictly followed.

"Restaurants can now open for in-house dining but can seat only 50 per cent of its existing capacity. Bars also can open and all the employees and those coming to these places should have taken both the vaccine doses. Air conditioning should not be switched on," said Vijayan.

Indoor stadiums and swimming pools also can start functioning.

"It's been now 21 months since we have been going through lockdown norms. But with 91 per cent of the above aged 18 years having taken the first dose and over 39 per cent taken the second dose, only 22 lakh are left now who have not had taken the vaccine and this includes those who turned Covid positive and for such people they will have to wait for three months. We have now decided to open educational institutions also and it will function through strict guidelines," added Vijayan.

"So far as opening of movie halls is concerned, we have to work on it with regard to seating capacity and such issues. Once we finish that, we will take it up. So some more time is required," said Vijayan.

(with IANS inputs)

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