Tamil Nadu, Mahrashtra extend lockdown till May 31

South India

The decision is in the light of continuing rise in the cases of Covid-19 in both the states. Maharashtra reported 1606 new cases on Sunday while the cases in Tamil Nadu went up by 477 cases, 

Without waiting for the Central guidelines for phase 4 of the Covid-19 lockdown, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu on Sunday decided to extend the lockdown till May 31.

The present lockdown was valid from May 2 to 17. An order issued by Maharashtra Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta said that lockdown 4.0 will come into effect on Monday with some relaxatins and will be valid till May 31.

The calibrated phase-wise relaxation/lifting of lockdown orders will be notified in due course. The green and orange zones will get more relaxations, in terms of starting more services. As of now only essential services are operational, he said.

The order issued by Tamil Nadu government has allowed certain relaxations in districts without Covid-19 cases. Chennai and 11 other districts with a large number of coronavirus cases however will continue to face existing restrictions. Educational institutes, places of religious worship and public transport will however remain closed in all 38 districts in the state.

The lockdown restrictions already in place will continue in the following 12 districts - Chennai, Kancheepuram, Thiruvallur, Chengalpattu, Villupuram, Cuddalore, Ranipet, Thirupattur, Kallakurichi, Thiruvannamalai, Ariyalur and Perambalur.

The relaxations applicable to the non-Covid districts include:

Buses will be allowed to ply within districts without epass, which is necessary for inter-district travelling.

People can make use of the buses for essential services and for services that have been allowed by the government.

Private and government offices that have been allowed to function can arrange for the transport of employees by strictly adhering to social distancing norms.

Residents can make use of cabs and rented taxis, without availing epass, to travel for essential services and for emergencies only.

100% work force allowed for National Rural Employment Guarantee programme.

Excepting the limits of Chennai Corporation, the industries in other Municipal Corporations, Municipalities and in town panchayats can begin functioning with 100% workforce if it is less than 100 employees and with 50% workforce (or minimum 100) if it has over 100 employees.

All private business centres that have been closed due to lockdown can make use of limited workforce for essential maintenance services.

Class 12 board exam papers will be evaluated.

Sports persons who participate in national and international games can be allowed to train with the help of a private coach. Necessary permission will have to be sought from respective District Collectors and Chennai Corporation Commissioner.

The decision is in the light of continuing rise in the cases of Covid-19 in both the states. As many as 1606 new coronavirus cases were reported as of 8:00 AM on May 17 in Maharashtra, according to data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. This brings the total reported cases of coronavirus in Maharashtra to 30,706. Among the total people infected as on date, 7,088 have recovered and 1,135 have passed away.

Tamil Nadu on the other hand reported 477 new coronavirus cases as of 8:00 AM on May 17, taking the total to 10,585. Among the total people infected as on date, 3,538 have recovered and 74 have passed away (with agency inputs)

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