#IndiaUnlocks2021: What's Brewing in Kerala

Industry Watch | July 23, 2021 | Feature

Martin Emmanuel Razzmatazz Ventures

As the second wave of the Covid19 pandemic in the country continues to slow down, many states have eased event restrictions leading to a sigh of relief for the industry.

But the situation is different in Kerala, which is currently showing an increasing trend in Test Positivity Rate, rising over 10 percent.

In this series, EVENTFAQS Media is asking industry stakeholders for their view of the current situation in their state and events happening there.

We asked Martin Emmanuel, Founder and Managing Director, Razzmatazz Ventures; Vice President - South, EEMA; and President - Event Management Association Kerala, about the outlook for events in Kerala.

Martin said, “Kerala is in the process of unlocking the restrictions imposed.  Government has implemented strict measures to regulate the spread of the pandemic. Based on the average test positivity rate, government has classified places into four categories. The relaxations in lockdown restrictions are being allowed in the A and B category for local bodies. Full lockdown will continue to be enforced on weekends across the state. All government institutions and banks in category A and B areas have been allowed to operate with up to 50 per cent of their workforce and all government institutions in category C, with up to 25 per cent staff.  Local bodies with a TPR (Test Positivity Rate) of 30 per cent and above have been placed under triple lockdown.”

On the present unlock regulations, Martin stated, “Places of worship have been allowed to open, however only 15 persons can be present at a time. There will not be any restriction for labourers to travel. Central and state government offices, public sector undertakings, government companies, commissions, corporations and local self-government institutions are functioning everyday with 25 percent of the staff strength on a rotation basis. Outdoor sports that do not require contact are allowed. Only a maximum of 20 people are allowed to attend marriages while no other gatherings or public functions are allowed.”

“As the state has still not allowed holding any public function there are no big events happening in Kerala.  Presently we have been doing welfare activities for the event fraternity.  We were also conducting the vaccination drive for the event management association members and their staff in the state.”

Kerala government had last issued Covid-related guidelines during Eid-ul-Azha (Bakrid) on 17 July 2021.

As the Covid19 Test Positivity Rate shows an upward trend, what is the outlook for events in God’s Own Country? Razzmatazz Ventures’ Martin Emmanuel avers.

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