Tamil Nadu CM E Palaniswamy
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), on September 30. released guidelines for ‘Unlock 5.0’ which will remain in place till October 31. The guidelines allow for further relaxation of restrictions on activities outside of containment zones.
The government has allowed cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes to reopen, with 50 percent capacity, from October 15. Standard operating procedure for the same would be issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
The Centre has asked states and Union Territories to take a call on reopening of schools from October 15.
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Easing restrictions on public gatherings, the government has said states can now allow social, cultural and religious congregations involving more than 100 people. However, these events would have to abide by physical distancing and strict safety measures.
Tamil Nadu government on September 29 announced that it will extend the virus-induced lockdown in the state till 31 October but with further relaxations.
"Based on the inputs given in the meeting with collectors and by the medical team, considering the present spread of the pandemic and the safety of the students, the GO enabling students to volunatrily seek teachers' guidance is being put on hold," Chief minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami said in a virtual meeting held with the district collectors and senior officials to review the pandemic situation in the state, reported Live Mint.
Here's what's allowed and what's not in Tamil Nadu:
>> Under the new guidelines, hotels will be allowed to function from 6 am to 9pm. Parcel services will now be permitted till 10 pm.
>> Film shootings can resume with 100 people.
>> Flight services at Chennai airport to be increased from 50 to 100 from October 1.
>> The ban on suburban electric train traffic will continue.
>> The circular of School Education dept allowing students of class 10, 11 and 12 to go to schools on voluntary basis to take guidance from teachers have been put on hold. The decision regarding the opening of schools for 10th and 12th classes will be taken after consultation with the medical committee, the circular stated.
>> Theatres, amusement parks, swimming pools, beaches and other social gatherings will continue to remain shut.
As of September 30, 47 Tamil Nadu reported 5,659 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 5,97,602 while the death toll mounted to 9,520 with 67 more fatalities.Click here for Moneycontrol’s full coverage of the novel coronavirus pandemic