Chennai: As the daily COVID caseload continued to be on the higher side with the tally nearing 21,000 mark,
including more than 6,000 in Chennai alone, the Tamil Nadu government late on Monday announced fresh restrictions from 4.00 AM on May six to 4.00 AM on May 20 to contain the spread of the virus.
An official release here said fresh restrictions are being imposed due to ‘unavoidable circumstances’, while announcing that night curfew and total complete lockdown on Sundays will continue across the State until further orders.
It said all grocery and vegetable shops, without air-conditioning facility, will be allowed to function only upto 12 noon, while all other stops would remain shut.
Tea stalls across the state, which will be buzzing with activity right from the morning, are allowed to function till 1200 noon only, without seating facilities.
While government and private offices will allowed to function with a maximum of 50 per cent, travel on rail and government and private buses, metro trains and on taxis are allowed only upto 50 per cent capacity.
However, essential services like milk and medical would continue to function as usual, while take away services alone would be permitted in hotels and restaurants.
Petrol bunks and LPG supply would continue uninterrupted. The release said fish, poultry and other meat markets will be allowed to operate only on week days from 0600 hrs to 12 noon, which they will be completely shut on all weekends–Saturdays and Sundays.
The government also announced that theatres will remain closed and social, political, sports, recreational, educational and cultural events in indoor auditoriums will be totally banned.
The release said only 20 people are permitted to take part in funerals as against 25 permitted earlier.
in addition to the ban on operating salons and spas in urban areas within Municipal Corporations and Municipalities, the government expanded the ban to salons and spas in rural areas.