Chennai: Keeping the improving COVID-19 situation in the state, the Tamil Nadu Government has announced that the same set of coronavirus restrictions and relaxations would apply across the state. The existing lockdown that was to end on Monday July 5 has been extended for a week till July 12.
During the period, inter-state buses, cinema halls, swimming pools, open-to-public religious and political events, schools and colleges, entertainment/sporting events, zoos will continue to be closed.
Weddings can continue to be held with 50 attendees, whereas 20 members can gather at rituals for the bereaved and E-registration would not be required for inter-district travel.
Some of the major relaxations include, Business-to-Business exhibitions, dine-in at hotels from 6am to 8pm with 50% occupancy, tea stalls can cater to 50% occupancy. Gyms and sports facilities in clubs can function in line with safety protocols, whereas hotels and lodges can permit guests for accommodation and dine-in at 50% occupancy.
IT and ITES firms can work at 50% strength, gyms and yoga centers can function at 50% occupancy and liquor stores can be open from 10 am to 8 pm.
All places of worship can remain open, but no special events will be permitted, shopping malls will be permitted to function from 9am to 8pm, but only 50% dine-in at the food court/eateries. Inter district and intra district bus services would resume at 50% seating capacity.
Those pursuing SRF/JRF, M.Phil, Phd and research work can work from their respective colleges and universities, which would be permitted to function for this purpose. Government training centers can also function with 50% occupancy. While amusement and entertainment parks can function at 50% capacity, water sports will not be permitted.
Tamil Nadu is currently witnessing above 4,000 daily COVID-19 cases and has over 36,000 active cases.