As India entered the third phase of Unlock on July 29, restrictions on several activities were eased pan-India except in the containment zones. However, keeping the rising COVID-19 cases in mind, the Tamil Nadu government extended the COVID-19 restrictions till August 31, but with a fresh set of relaxations.
Under the new lockdown guidelines, in Tamil Nadu (except containment zone), listed below are the activities permitted and prohibited.
Here’s what is permitted:
>> On August 17, Tamil Nadu government announced that liquor shops will reopen in Chennai from August 18. Shops will be allowed to serve a maximum of 500 customers per day through token system. Liquor shops in Tamil Nadu had reopened in May but due to high number of COVID-19 cases in Chennai, the state government did not allow it in the capital.
>> Delivery of all e-commerce items will be allowed.
>> Companies can function with 75 percent workforce from the current 50 percent.
>> Hotels can function with 50 percent dining capacity from 6 am to 7 pm without air conditioning.
Parcel service is permitted till 9 pm.
On August 10 one of the major relaxations in the state was put in place. As a part of Unlock 3.0, the state government allowed the reopening of temples and gyms after a long hiatus.
>> In addition, places of worship with annual revenue of less than Rs 10,000 were also allowed to open.
Here’s what is not:
>> Liquor shops in malls and containment zones will continue to stay closed.
>> The present restrictions on rail and air services will continue.
>> Schools, ICDS centers, colleges, educational/training/coaching/ institutions etc.
>> Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls.
>> Social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions and other large congregations.
Besides this, the state government has also made e-Pass compulsory to travel between districts and to other states. This means that for a valid movement, a pass will be required to cross the state border.