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As COVID cases surge, fresh restrictions comes into force in TN

Chennai: With the daily COVID tally crossing the 15,000 mark, the fresh restrictions imposed by the Tamil Nadu government came into force from Monday morning.

The night curfew, which was introduced from April 20 and the full lockdown on Sundays, the first of which was observed yesterday for the first time in 2021, will continue.

As per the fresh curbs all recreation clubs, bars, auditoriums, meeting halls and places were people congregate in large numbers, are closed to prevent spread of the pandemic.

An official release said all big format shops, shopping complexes and malls are also closed from today, while vegetable and grocery shops and other shops will be allowed to function as usual.

However, vegetable and grocery shops in commercial complexes are not allowed. Departmental stores too are allowed to function without AC facility with 50 per cent customers at any point of time.

From today, the government also banned functioning of beauty parlour, spas, saloons and barber shops across the state and allowed only takeaway services (no dining) in restaurants, hotels, mess and tea shops.

Public worship in all temples and places of worship are also banned while daily poojas and prayers are heldwith the temple staff. In view of the increase in corona cases, consecration of temples will be allowed from today by temple staff sans public presence. The government also said a maximum of 50 people will be allowed for marriages and 25 for funeral events.

The IT and ITES companies should compulsorily ask 50 per cent of its staff to work from home, while golf and tennis clubs, sports training academies are shut while allowing training only for national and international meets.

The government said e-registration is mandatory for all those coming to Tamil Nadu from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and other states, barring Puducherry.

This will be applicable for all those coming into the State by air. While private and government buses are allowed to operate only with seating capacity (no standees), cabs and taxis are allowed to operate with three persons, besides driver, and two in auto and the driver.

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