State governments announce restrictions, leaves for staff amidst surging cases

Kerala govt announces 50% attendance in govt offices, while Uttar Pradesh announces 28 days’ paid leave for employees who test positive

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Various state governments are issuing their own restrictions and orders to try and curb the spread of the dreaded coronavirus. In Kerala, the state government has announced 50 per cent attendance in government offices. The remaining 50 per cent will work online. The state government will also gives Saturdays off to all government staff in addition to the increased weekend restrictions.

Those above the age of 70 will have medicines delivered at their doorstep.
In Uttar Pradesh, all employees will be eligible for 28 days of paid leave if they test positive for the coronavirus.

All shops and organisations with more than 10 people working in them have been directed to display the ways of preventing infection at the main gate or entrance. Any shop or factory that is shuttered following government orders, will have to pay its employees salary and allowances in addition to the 28 days of leave.

In Odisha, the state government has already issued orders to all departments and subordinate offices in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack to operate with only 50 per cent of the staff, with effect from April 19. Those of deputy secretary rank and above will have to be physically present in offices every day.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra may have to go into complete lockdown. A final decision on the issue is yet to be made public by the state government.

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