Thiruvananthapuram: With the Centre taking strong objection to certain relaxations by it in the COVID-19 lockdown guidelines, the Kerala government on Monday decided not to allow plying of buses in cities, the opening of restaurants and pillion riding on two-wheelers.

The decision was taken at a meeting held by chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan with state chief secretary Tom Jose on Monday morning.

"A formal order on the restrictions would be issued today itself. Buses would not be allowed to ply, restaurants will remain closed and only parcel service would be allowed, and barbershops will also remain shut," they told reporters.

The Union Home Secretary had written to the state chief secretary objecting to Kerala government giving additional relaxation which amounted to "dilution" of lockdown guidelines issued on April 15 under the Disaster Management Act 2005.

Centre objects to Kerala easing lockdown restrictions:

In a letter to the Kerala government, the home ministry said the state government on April 17 has circulated revised guidelines for lockdown measures which allowed opening of activities which are prohibited in the Centre's consolidated revised guidelines issued on April 15.