Chennai: After holding an in-state review meeting on the coronavirus situation, the government of Tamil Nadu extended the lockdown to July 31 on Friday and announced some additional easing. In accordance with the new guidelines, swimming pools, bars, educational establishments, zoos and theaters will remain closed. Interstate transportation services will continue to be prohibited.Also read – 1st positive Covid case reported in Tokyo Olympic Village. Details here
The state government has said that ITIs, industrial schools and typing schools are allowed to operate with 50 percent of students on a rotational basis. Teachers can come to schools for work related to admitting and distributing textbooks. Read also – No request received for European authorization of Covishield: European Medical Agency
The state government last week extended the lockdown until July 19 and also eased restrictions by allowing stores to stay open until 9 p.m. statewide. Also Read – Face Mask, Social Distancing, Hand Hygiene: How India Should Prepare to Prevent Third Wave of COVID
In the new guidelines, the state government allowed recruitment exams to be conducted by central and state governments. Even though the state has not restarted interstate buses, bus services to Pondicherry have been allowed to operate.
Complete list of directives:
- International air service liquor bars, swimming pools, theaters, public social and political gatherings, recreational activities, colleges, schools and zoos will continue to remain closed.
- The ceiling for wedding participants will remain at 50.
- The limit has been set at 20 for funerals.
- Shops and commercial activities are allowed until 9 p.m.
- Bus services to Pondicherry will resume.
- Hotels, tea stalls, bakeries, roadside shops can operate until 9 p.m. with 50% occupancy.
- No social / political / cultural / sporting event will be allowed until July 31st.
Corona case: This development comes as the state recorded 2,405 new positive cases for the coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the total to 25,28,806. Up to 49 people have succumbed to the viral infection, bringing the toll to 33,606.
According to updates, Coimbatore registered 256 new cases in the past 24 hours, while Thanjavur 163, followed by Erode with 159 new infections, even as 31 districts reported less than 100 new infections.
The state capital on Thursday recorded seven deaths from the disease, bringing the death toll from COVID-19 to 8,279. In addition, 3,006 patients were discharged after treatment, bringing the total number of recoveries to 24,65,250 to date. The number of active cases, including isolation, to date remains at 29,950.