Ritual art forms allowed during religious holidays as Kerala lifts more COVID-19 restrictions

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced that ritual art forms would be allowed to be performed in religious places as part of festivals as the state lifted some additional restrictions announced earlier to control the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CM announced a series of relaxations after Monday’s weekly COVID-19 review meeting.

A maximum of 300 people would be allowed for public functions held in open spaces and a maximum of 150 people would be allowed for events held in closed spaces like halls. Public functions include political and cultural functions, the CM said.

But for weddings and death-related rituals, the maximum number of people allowed in public spaces would continue to be 200. In enclosed spaces, the maximum number allowed for such functions would be 100.

The chief minister, however, said opening schools at full capacity was not being considered by the state government at this time.

Kerala reported 2,434 new cases of COVID-19 and 4,308 recoveries on Monday, December 13. With that, the number of active COVID cases in the state fell to 36,281.

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