The Tamil Nadu government on Sunday after reviewing the situation has decided to extend lockdown in State till June 30 but also announced to offer some more relaxations like the resumption of limited public transport, however, Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Chengalpattu and non-containment zones would be still barred.
The entry in hill stations, places of worship, malls, amusement park, resort, lodges and auditoriums would be restricted for public and tourists. People would not be allowed to take part in large congregations till June 30.
Moreover, education institutions, Metro Rail and EMU services would not start till June 30. However, any kind of relaxations is not offered by the state government for covid-19 containment zones.
Apart from that, the state government would allow taxis and autorickshaws to carry a limit of three and two passengers respectively from 1 June. Similarly, non-air-conditioned restaurants and tea shops would be able to provide dine-in service with 50% seating capacity but would be starting from June 8. Also, tea shops and eateries (only takeaway till June 7), grocery and provision stores would remain open between 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
In non-containment areas outside Chennai, industries, IT and ITES have been permitted to operate with 100% workforce. “However, work from home option is to be encouraged for 20% staff,” Mr Palaniswami said.
“TASMAC (liquor outlets) and other shops can operate between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.,” the Chief Minister said.
Along with that, e-commerce firms would be permitted to offer delivery service for essential as well as non-essential commodities.