Tamil Nadu extends lockdown until June 28, public transport to resume in Chennai
Tamil Nadu’s chief minister, MP Stalin, issued an order on Sunday extending the lockdown for a week until June 28. Based on the number of Covid-19 cases, the state government has proposed three levels of restrictions in the 38 districts.
Tier 1 districts where cases remain high will not have any additional relaxation. Coimbatore, Nilgris, Tiruppur, Erode, Salem, Karur, Namakkal, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam and Mayiladuthurai fall into level 1.
In level 2, 23 districts, namely Ariyalur, Cuddalore, Dharmapuri, Dindigul, Kallakurichi, Kanniyakumari, Krishnagiri, Madurai, Perambur, Pudukkotai, Ramanathapuram, Ranipet, Sivaganga, Theni, Tenkasi, Tirunphudhveli and Viru were listed.
Four districts of Chennai, Kancheepuram, Chengalpet and Tiruvallur are at level 3 and will see most restrictions relaxed.
Some key flexibilities for 23 level 2 districts
- Autonomous grocery store, vegetable and meat stores to operate from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Parcel services only in hotels; restaurants and bakeries from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- E-commerce services authorized from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- All necessary government departments can operate fully staffed. The rest of the departments can operate with 50% staff.
- Two-wheeler sales and service points, four-wheelers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Mobile, electronic, electrical, shoe and optical stores from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Electricians, plumbers and other freelancers can work from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. with e-registration.
Schools, colleges and universities can undertake admissions work.
- Sports activities can take place from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. without spectators.
- Sporting events can be organized in an open space.
- Auto-rickshaws, rental taxis will be allowed to operate after electronic check-in.
Relaxations for four level 3 districts
In addition to those in level 2, districts in level 3 will see additional flexibilities. Some of them are:
- Inter and intra-district bus services without alternating current can resume with an occupancy rate of 50%.
- Film and television shoots with a maximum of 100 people.
- Passengers will be allowed to travel by auto-rickshaw, rental taxis without electronic registration. Only three people (excluding the driver) will be allowed to travel in the rental taxis and two people (other than the driver) will be allowed to travel in the auto-rickshaws.
- Metro rail function with an occupancy rate of 50 percent.
- Beauty salons, salons, spas can operate at 50% of their capacity from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
All types of construction work permitted.
- All government offices can operate with 100 percent staff.
- Private companies must operate with 50 percent staff.
- Vehicle stores and service centers operate from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Self-employed people can work from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. thanks to e-registration.
- Stores that are allowed to operate until 5 p.m. on level 2 may operate up to 7 p.m. on level 3.
- Tea rooms (package only) authorized to operate from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Street shops (parcel only) authorized to operate from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In districts that fall under levels 2 and 3, people will be allowed to travel to districts to participate in weddings with an e-pass. They can obtain the e-pass online from the district collector concerned (https://eregister.tnega.org/#/user/pass). A maximum of 50 people are allowed to participate in the weddings.