On Saturday the 17th of July, the Kerala state government announced new relaxations of its Covid restrictions including opening differen media, retail, and hair and beauty services. However, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan stressed that restrictions are still necessary in the state to control the pandemic situation.
Chief Minister Vijayan announced the following relaxations, which are based on categories on Saturday.
Category A areas comprise of those regions where the test positivity rate is less than 5%, while category B areas are regions where the positivity rate is between 5% and 10%. In category C areas, the positivity rate is between 10% and 15%. It is above 15% in category D areas.
Among the places allowed to open and operate again are Bakrid concessions, electronic shops, places of worship, the production and shooting of film, and of course, barbershops and beauty parlours.
Beauty parlors and barber shops will be permitted to function on days when other shops are approved in A and B category areas. However, the owners of the shops have to ensure all staff members have received at least one dose of the vaccine.