India News: Tamil Nadu Lockdown – As the whole country is facing the second wave of COVID-19 infections, Tamil Nadu as well is witnessing a drastic rise in cases for the past few weeks. Elections and related events have kept the state government busy for a while and now that the Assembly Elections are over finally, the government is to impose new string of restrictions from April 10th.
The new guidelines were issued by State Chief Secretary Rajeev Ranjan. The government claimed that the non-adherence to any of the prescribed measures like social distancing, face masks and limited occupancy of public places have caused once again to rise up the cases.
Covid-19 Restrictions / Regulations in Tamil Nadu from April 10th are:
- Koyambedu Market Complex in Chennai and key wholesale markets that distribute goods across the districts have also been prohibited.
- All places of worship permitted to be open only till 8 pm.
- Cinemas, theatres and multiplexes, including those located inside malls, will be allowed to operate with a maximum of 50% capacity.
- Retail outlets like Vegetable shops, Provision stores, shopping malls and big showrooms, to remain open only till 11 pm with a maximum of 50% customer capacity at a time.
- Restaurants, food courts and tea shops permitted to function with 50% capacity. Takeaways are allowed till 11 pm.
- Entertainment or amusement parks, auditoriums, clubs, assembly halls, zoological parks, museums, and other similar places are permitted to function with 50% capacity by following SOPs.
- All social, political, academic, entertainment, sports, cultural and other functions are permitted in closed spaces (indoor areas) with a limit of 200 persons. A total of 100 people will be allowed at weddings and 50 at funerals.
- Stadiums and playgrounds can conduct sports competitions without spectators.
- Swimming pools are permitted for sports training by following the SOPs.
- Exhibition halls are permitted only for business-to-business purposes.
- Film and serial shootings have been permitted. Production establishments have been instructed to ensure that artists and crew involved in the shoot undergo RT-PCR tests and vaccination.
- Rental vehicles and taxis who have already been instructed to ply with only three passengers plus the driver need to strictly adhere to the guidelines. Similarly, auto-rickshaws should carry only with two passengers excluding the driver.
- The e-registration system will continue to be enforced for people coming to Tamil Nadu from other states and countries except for Karnataka, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh.
- The management of industries, hotels, shopping complexes, private organizations and offices have been asked to ensure thermal scanning, use of hand sanitizers and wearing of masks by their employees. The government has asked the entities not to allow workers inside their premises without masks.
- Chennai’s MTC buses and transport buses are asked to restrict transportation of only seated passengers and no standing passengers will be allowed. Buses include both intra-state and inter-state bus transports.
- Industries will be allowed to carry on operations as usual following the given strict standard-of-procedures. On further instructions, employees and workers of qualified ages must immediately come up for vaccinations.