Tamilnadu government’s new set of restrictions to contain the spread of virus came in to effect from today.
Public transport, railways, metro rail, public and private buses and cabs will be allowed to operate at a maximum capacity of 50 per cent.
The standalone grocery and vegetable shops will be permitted till 12 noon without air conditioning facility. Only 50 per cent customers will be allowed at a time. A separate order issued by the government said the differently-abled will be fully exempted from attending office during the 15-day period.
All other shops, other than grocery and vegetable shops will remain closed. The big format shops in an area of 3,000sq ft and above, shopping complexes and malls have already been prohibited to function since April 26 onwards. The grocery and vegetable shops in shopping complexes and malls are also not permitted.
As per the order issued by the state government on Monday, the state government/public sector undertakings-run outlets will be permitted between 8am and 12 noon, while pharmacies, supply of milk and other essential services will continue as usual.
Take away service alone will be permitted in all restaurants, hotels, bakeries, and mess from 6am to 10am, 12 noon to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm. Tea shops will be permitted to operate till 12 noon. The government also prohibited social/political/sports/entertainment/academic/cultural/festival gathering in open and closed spaces. Cinema theatres will remain shut.
In an order on Wednesday, chief secretary Rajeev Ranjan said that all offices of governments will function with 50 per cent workforce for a fortnight beginning Thursday.