From today, TN almost back to pre-Covid days

Relaxations of lockdown measures came into effect from this morning in Tamil Nadu and the State is almost back to pre-Covid days, barring a few restrictions.

All temples allowed devotees from this morning, parks were reopened after five months and MTC buses were seen plying on Chennai roads after March. However, social distancing measures are in place.

Under relaxed norms, there will be no complete lockdown on Sundays in September. The e-pass system for inter-district travel has been discontinued but the e-pass is mandatory for people coming from other states and foreign countries.

All places of worship, hotels and resorts have been allowed to re-open. The places of worship can be open for public with limited number of people at a time. Tourists will be allowed in Ooty and Kodaikanal with e-pass procured from district collectors.

“From September 1, people can move anywhere within the state without the need for e-passes. But, international passengers arriving in flights, as well as those entering the state in private vehicles and trains would need to apply for e-pass, which will be sanctioned to all under auto-approved mode,” chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said in a statement on Sunday evening.

All shopping malls, large showrooms and shops of all sizes can function from Tuesday with 100% employees and following the Centre’s guideline on air-conditioned systems. All types of shops can remain open till 8pm on all days in Tamil Nadu, including Chennai.

The state government’s decision assumes significance in the wake of Centre’s Unlock 4 guidelines that state no local lockdown can be imposed anywhere outside containment zones.