The Tamil Nadu government, from today, has implemented the sixth phase of the lockdown in the state till 31 July. The decision comes in view of the rapidly rising number of coronavirus cases in the state.
Chennai, Madurai, and other surrounding districts, which were put under strict lockdown again last month, will remain under lockdown till only 5 July though.
These parallel lockdowns will continue to be in force with “certain relaxations” which have been already allowed prior to June 19, as part of the State’s efforts so far to consolidate the gains in containing the spread of Covid-19, and with a view to intensify the preventive and control measures to stop further spread of the novel coronavirus, under the State Disaster Management Act.
The highlights of the announcements are that while no activity will continue to be permitted within any of the ‘Containment Zones (CZ)’ in the state including greater Chennai and neighbouring districts, already permitted trade, including groceries and vegetable shops, commercial and industrial activities would be allowed to resume, subject to observing social distancing and other norms, from July 1 in other parts of the State.
The intensified lockdown that is currently being enforced in Chennai, its neighbouring districts, and Madurai will end on Sunday (July 5).
From the following day, the lockdown will be implemented as it was till June 19 in Chennai and surroundings, and for Madurai, as it was before June 23. Sundays will see complete lockdown.
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 July 1, except within the Chennai police limits.