Chennai: As the COVID tally continued to show a declining trend, nothwithstanding a marginal rise in a couple of districts, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K.Stalin announced extension of lockdown by one more week with uniform relaxations across the State.
The complete lockdown, which was enforced on May 10, was being extended by every week with phased relaxations. The present lockdown ends on July five, following which the Chief Minister after reviewing the COVID scenario in the State with medical experts and senior officials, further extended it by one week till the morning of July 12.
Unlike in previous weeks during which the districts were classified into three categories depending on the COVID caseload, Mr Stalin has done away with that system and announced uniform relaxations across the State from Monday.
This included doing away with e-pass/e-registration system for inter-district movement and operation of intra-district and inter-district public transport (non air-conditioned only) with 50 per cent seating capacity throughout Tamil Nadu.
However, the ban on inter-state government and private bus services will continue, Mr Stalin said, in a statement.
All cinema theatres, bars, swimming pools, social and political meetings, recreational and sports events, schools and colleges and zoos too would remain shut.