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Coronavirus lockdown: In Kerala, people in pvt vehicles to show written declaration why they are outside


By: Express Web Desk | Kochi |

Published: March 24, 2020 7:23:31 pm





The Kerala authorities has imposed a state-wide lockdown until March 31. Security personnel at an empty railway station (Express Photo: Nithin R Ok)
The Kerala Police Tuesday issued stern directions for the general public on the primary day of the state-wide lockdown imposed until March 31 to stall the unfold of the coronavirus pandemic, asking these touring in non-public vehicles to show a written declaration explaining why they are on the road.

State police chief Loknath Behera informed reporters in Thiruvananthapuram that people should not step out of their houses until completely obligatory. If they are discovered outside violating the lockdown with no legitimate motive, strict motion will likely be taken.

In addition, these stepping out in their non-public vehicles should show a written declaration to the police explaining why they are on the road. The format of the declaration has been publicised on the web site of the state police and its official Facebook account. People can both take a print of the shape or make a declaration on a chunk of white paper. Upon inspection by an officer, they should show the declaration. If it’s discovered to be invalid, motion will likely be taken.

The format requires people to state their title, co-passenger (if any) in the automobile, deal with, cell-phone quantity, automobile quantity together with the rationale they are out on the road.

In addition, the district police chiefs will problem passes to all those that have been stored out of the lockdown as their providers are important throughout this era. They embrace medical doctors, nurses, information centre operators, telecom workers, workers of personal companies producing medical tools, milk, newspaper and cooking fuel distributors, homeowners of chemist and grocery retailers and fuel station workers. Journalists and authorities workers can show their identification playing cards.

The police directions come on a day when main cities like Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram witnessed a number of people out on the streets breaking the clampdown. At a number of locations, the police had to resort to drive them away.

As per authorities directions, retailers promoting important objects can stay open between 7 am and 5 pm. Restaurants can not maintain dine-in providers, however can ship meals to houses.

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