The Kerala Government on Tuesday closed down all educational institutions, including professional colleges and canceled all public functions and advised cancelling all festivals.
The decision was taken by the emergency Cabinet meeting taken on Tuesday and all public functions would stand cancelled till the end of March. The move comes in the wake of six more people in Pathanamthitta testing positive to COVID-19 in the state. With this the total number of patients in the State to 12.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told media persons after the cabinet meeting that it was a precautionary step. Exams for other classes would be held as scheduled. However, there would be no special or vacation classes. Anganwadis would also remain closed.
The Government also felt that theatre owners should close down till the situation improved. He also felt that Sabarimala should confine to rituals and avoid allowing pilgrims to the hill shrine.
The Cabinet also decided to exercise extreme caution and be alert till at least the end of this month. Pinarayi also advised people to hold marriage functions in a very simple manner. The Chief Minister said 1, 116 people were now under observation of which 149 were in hospital. There was no cause for panic but people would have to exercise caution and make it a habit to use sanitisers.