Covid curbs back in Tamilnadu

Chennai: With coronavirus cases increasing at an alarming rate in Tamilnadu, the State government today issued many guidelines.

From 10 April, retail vegetable shops in Koyambedu wholesale market will be closed. No permission will be granted for religious festivals, people should be allowed to work in companies and firms with masks, only 50 people should be allowed for funerals and 100 for marriage functions are some of the restrictions announced today.

Also, the government has said 50 per cent seat capacity will be allowed for theatres in multiplexes, temples can be opened till 8 pm for devotees to worship, people can dine with safety precautions till 11 pm in hotels, those in film and small screen shootings should take Covid tests and get vaccinated, only 50 per cent customers should be allowed in tea shops, resorts and amusement parks can allow 50 per cent people. Standees are not allowed in buses, the government said.

Sources said the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) is likely to introduce stricter curbs to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

GCC Commissioner G Prakash recently expressed confidence that with the newer and more stringent curbs, the number of Covid-19 cases in the city can be brought under control by the end of April.

For a little over a month, Tamilnadu has been registering a surge in fresh coronavirus infections. While a combination of factors are at play, experts strongly believe that a blanket lockdown is nowhere near a solution; rather strict regulations and restrictions tailored to local situations are the way ahead.