With some relaxations, Tamil Nadu govt extends Covid-19 lockdown till June 30

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The Tamil Nadu government on Sunday announced the extension of the ongoing lockdown till June 30, with more relaxations.

 

“To prevent the spread of coronavirus, the curfew is being extended till June 30 under the State Disaster Management Act and as per the Union Home Ministry’s notification,” Chief Minister K Palaniswami said in a statement.

As per the report, all districts will be divided into eight zones in the state. Relaxations on 50 per cent of public transportation have been given in the first six zones. E-pass will also not be necessary for movement in these zones.

Palaniswami said the curbs on religious places, inter-state bus transport, and Metro and suburban rails would continue.

Hired vehicles and taxis can operate within the zones without an e-Pass, and apart from the driver, three passengers are allowed in a vehicle.

As per the order, IT companies and IT-enabled services can also function with 20 per cent of the employees (maximum 40 persons).

However, public transportation will be restricted in zone seven that includes Kanchipuram, Chengalpattu and Thiruvallur districts, and zone eight including Chennai. 

Till June end, the number of people attending weddings shall be restricted to 50 and the number of people attending funerals will be restricted to 20.

Under the new rules, showrooms and jewellery shops can also be re-opened outside of containment zones. Shopping malls will remain shut across the state during lockdown.

Tamil Nadu is among the states worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic. It witnessed the biggest single-day spike of 938 new coronavirus cases on Saturday taking the infection count to 21,184.

As India is attempting to flatten the curve of the novel coronavirus, some states are continuing to see a steady rise in cases.

Among the Indian states, Maharashtra remains to be the worst affected state by the deadly virus. It is followed by Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Gujarat.

On May 30, the government again extended the nationwide lockdown in containment zones till June 30 while easing restrictions on business and daily life.

The Centre issued a detailed guidelines for lockdown 5.0 Unlock 1.0. It has allowed the opening of religious places of worship for public, hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services, shopping malls from June 8. However, there will be no relaxation in Containment zones till June 30.

 

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