Cyclone alert to southern TN: CM holds high level meeting

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami is set to meet Ministers and officials at the Secretariat today, to review monsoon preparedness in the State.

This comes in the wake of cyclone alert issued for southern Tamil Nadu. R B Udayakumar, Minister for Revenue, Disaster Management and IT, said the CM will consult Collectors of Southern districts too in this regard.

Palaniswami has announced the extension of the general Covid-19 lockdown till midnight December 31, 2020 subject to certain relaxations.

In a statement, Palaniswami said that it was decided to extend the lockdown, with new relaxations till December 31, based on the discussions with the medical and public health experts, District Collectors to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

New set of relaxations :

– The existing system of E-registration for those coming to Tamilnadu from states would continue. Those coming from  Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Union Territory of Puducherry would be exempted from this registration.

-Final year undergraduate courses in all colleges and universities and medical courses (undergraduate and post graduate) to start from 7.11.2020.

-For the first year college students, classes for the academic year will commence from 1.2.2020.

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

-Marina and other beaches will be open for public from 14.12.2020 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 gatherings allowed, subject to 50 per cent seating capacity and not exceeding 200 persons from 1.12.2020 to 31.12.2020. 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.