Chennai: It’s lockdown 6.0 in Tamilnadu from this morning, which has come into effect with many restrictions and relaxations in various districts of the State.
However, the intensified lockdown that is currently being enforced in Chennai, its neighbouring districts, and Madurai will only end on 5 July.
Chennai, along with Thiruvallur, Kancheepuram, and Chengalpet, went into lockdown on 19 June with strict curbs and restrictions in place. According to the government, these rules will be lifted on 5 July, i.e. these areas will go back to the lockdown with relaxed rules that were in effect before 19 June.
Similarly, in Madurai and surrounding — these areas will revert to the relaxed lockdown that was in effect till before 24 June.
For people in containment zones, movement will be regulated for residents. Unless they are facing an emergency or are part of an essential service, they cannot travel outside the limits of their area.
In a major move, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has announced that worship would be allowed in small temples, mosques, and churches in all village panchayats from today, except within the Chennai police limits.
There will, be a ‘complete lockdown’ across Tamilnadu on the four Sundays falling on 5, 12, 19 and 26 July, when nothing except bare essential services like milk and water supply besides medical services and pharmacies will function.
Inter-district public bus transport by Tamilnadu State Transport Corporation and private operators will be stopped from today to 15 July. The requirement of people having to get an ePass for inter-district and inter-state travel will continue to be in force till 31 July.
Announcing relaxations from 6 July in Chennai and suburbs, Palaniswami said all tea shops and hotels, restaurants would be allowed with dining facilities by maintaining social distancing.
He also said that all the central and state government offices and banks, and IT, private and other industrial firms, cab services, atuos, saloons and spas, without AC facilities, fish and meat stalls would be allowed to function with restrictions in the five districts, including Madurai, while the present relaxations would continue in the remaining districts.
The State-owned TASMAC shops, the monopoly agency of selling liquor would be allowed to function after 6 July in areas except in areas coming under Chennai police limits and in containment zones.
However, all schools and colleges, amusement parks, gyms, temples, places of worships (except those earning revenue less than Rs 10,000 per year, which would be opened for public from 6 July), religious meets, tourist spots like Ooty, Kodaikanal, Yercaud and Kodaikanal, hotels, resorts, shopping malls, public transports, train services, including EMU services, Chennai Metro and flight services (except for those allowed by the Centre), theatres, bars, beaches, zoos, museums and places where the people would congregate in large numbers, would be out of bounds for the public till 31 July.
The inter-State transport services would also be suspended till further orders, while vehicles transporting essential commodities would be permitted.