The Tamil Nadu government, on Monday, has extended the Covid 19 lockdown restrictions in the state till September 15.
All religious places will remain closed from Friday to Sunday. Entry to the beaches will be prohibited on Sundays, according to the new guidelines. However, the classes for standard 9th to 12th and colleges will resume as scheduled from 1st September, said Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin.
The state government also earlier issued guidelines on making negative RT-PCR certificate taken 72 hours within the journey or two-dose fully vaccinated certificate compulsory for those coming into the state from Kerala, which has recorded 50% of the total cases in India for the past few days.
In the previous relaxation, schools, colleges, theaters, bars, and swimming pools remained closed. Industrial Training Institutes, industrial schools, etc. were allowed to open with 50 percent students on a rotational basis. A Maximum of 50 people was allowed to attend a wedding function and 20 people were allowed for funerals. Activities already permitted were only allowed in containment zones. Interstate private and public bus services have remained closed.
Local bodies should ensure the prevention of crowding in the meat and fish markets for which separate shops should be put up, said the Chief Minister.
Commercial establishments must have hand sanitizers at the entry point and thermal-screen customers besides ensure social distancing, he said. Violation of these regulations would entail action, the Chief Minister said. To control the pandemic, test-track-treat-vaccination-Covid-19 appropriate behavior and micro-level management programs would be implemented, he said.