Liquor shops run by the government will function as of now, barring those in Kasargod
The state has so far reported 67 cases of Covid-19
ERNAKULAM: Following an alarming rise in cases of Covid-19, the Kerala government on Monday shut down all bars, and imposed stringent curbs in the most affected district, Kasargod, according to local reports.
The Kerala high court will remain closed till 8 April.
While bars have been ordered shut, liquor shops run by the government will function as of now, barring those in Kasargod.
Alcohol sales contribute a chunk to the state revenue. With tourism and lottery remittances also hit, because of the pandemic, the state exchequer will likely suffer a significant loss.
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan met his cabinet colleagues on Monday and is expected to announce more measures soon, according to a senior state government official.
Local reports also said thousands of police personnel were deployed in Kasargod on Monday, as people came out on the street in large numbers despite the curfew. Section 144, that prohibits gathering of four or more people, was imposed in Kasargod and Kozhikode on Sunday night.
In Kasargod, as public transportation was shut, and borders sealed off. Local reports, quoting district officials, more curbs may be imposed, including a complete lockdown.