Tamil Nadu Extends COVID-19 Lockdown Till Dec-End With Several Relaxations

Chennai: Tamil Nadu government on Monday announced that it will extend the virus-induced lockdown in the state till December 31 but with several new relaxations in restrictions.

In a statement issued here, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami said based on the discussions with medical, public health experts and District Collectors to prevent coronavirus spread, the Covid-19 lockdown is extended till December 31 from November 30.

Under the new guidelines, Final year under graduate courses in all colleges and universities and medical courses (under graduate and post graduate).

For the first year college students’ classes for the academic year will commence from Tuesday.

Swimming pools for training purposes will be allowed to function following standard operating procedures (SOP).

Marina and other beaches will be open for the public from December 12 depending on the coronavirus spread subject to following SOP.

Exhibition halls will be allowed to function only for business to business purposes after following SOP.

Indoor social, political, and religious congregations allowed subject to 50 per cent seating capacity and not exceeding 200 persons from Tuesday to December 31. Permission from the District Collectors and from Greater Chennai Police (for Chennai meetings) are necessary.

Based on the coronavirus spread, permission for outdoor meetings will be decided.

The existing system of E-registration for those coming to Tamil Nadu from states other than Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Union Territory of Puducherry would continue.