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Tamil Nadu govt Covid-19 lockdown extended till June 28; some restrictions relaxed

By Priyanka Verma 
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Tamil Nadu govt Covid-19 lockdown extended till June 28; some restrictions relaxed

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government on Sunday extended the lockdown in place in the state by one more week till Monday, June 28, while permitting some more relaxations. However, the state government has allowed some respite in restrictions under the guidelines for the latest lockdown extension.

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The state government has permitted resumption of public transport, with 50% occupancy and non-AC buses to be operated in four districts in and around Chennai region (Chennai Thiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chengalpet).

Metro rail services will resume with 50% occupancy. Film and television serial shootings will resume with 100 people maximum.

Dividing the state into three categories, the government retained existing restrictions in 11 districts in the west and central region. In 23 other districts, it has permitted more services and establishments to operate for extended hours.

There is no travel restriction in four districts – Chennai, Thiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chengalpet.

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Automobile showrooms and service centres can function. sports related training and sports competitions can be held without spectators in these four districts.

All state government offices can function with 100% employees, while private offices can function with 50% attendance. Theatres will be permitted to undertake maintenance work once a week with prior approval.

Food outlets can function from 6am to 9pm, but only parcel services provided. Tea shops can function from 6am to 7pm, but only parcel service is allowed in these four districts.

In the four districts of Chennai region, people are permitted to travel in taxis and autos without e-registration.

Private offices can function with 50% employees. Industries already permitted to function can now operate with 100% employees, while other industries can now resume operations with 33% workers.

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Shops selling vessels and opticals, besides photo copy shops and photo studios can function. Standalone provision, vegetables and fruits shops, besides meat shops can function from 6am to 7pm.

In the 23 districts, including Ariyalur, Cuddalore, Dharmapuri and Vellore, standalone provision stores, vegetables and fruit shops as well as meat shops can function from 6am to 7pm.

Food outlets can offer parcel services from 6am to 9pm. E-commerce food delivery services can operate during that time. Other e-commerce services also can operate during that time.

State government offices involved in essential services can function with 100% employees, while other government offices are permitted to function with just 50% employees. All private offices will function with 33% employees while export units and their vendors are allowed to operate with 100% workers in these 23 districts.

Tamil Nadu recorded 8,183 fresh COVID-19 cases on Saturday, taking the caseload to 24.14 lakh, while 180 deaths took the toll to 31,015. Recoveries continued to outnumber new cases with 18,232 people being discharged, taking the tally to 23,04,885,leaving 78,780 active cases.

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