Relaxed lockdown rules come into effect from today: Dos and Don’ts in TN

Relaxed lockdown rules come into effect from today: Dos and Don’ts in TNEven as the Tamil Nadu government has formally extended the lockdown till May 17, it has announced many relaxations – for Chennai and non-Chennai separately – from today in places where the pandemic has not spread.

This was decided at the Cabinet meeting headed by Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami held in the Secretariat. Resumption of work in construction and IT sectors, Special Economic Zones, allowing standalone shops and those selling construction hardware and servicing electronic gadgets like mobile phones were allowed with restrictions.

Construction, textile, leather, IT and IT enabled services, SEZs among others are permitted to operate in certain locations with limited employees while adhering to social distancing and other standard operating procedures advised by the government.

The order was issued after the Union Ministry of Home Affairs announced the extension of lockdown till May 17. All the relaxations are not applicable in the containment zones.

For Chennai (other than containment zones) it has permitted resumption of construction activities like road works, and opening of SEZs, EoUs and export units within the jurisdiction of Greater Chennai Police. These units can function with 25 per cent of employees; and IT companies with 10 per cent employees. These employees will use only company vehicles.

Stores selling essential goods will be allowed to function from 6 am to 5 pm; restaurants can sell only parcels and will be allowed to function from 6 am to 9 pm. Ecommerce delivery of essentials allowed in current format.

Ongoing total curbs against religious gatherings, functioning of educational institutions, cinema theatres and malls, public transport, salons and air-conditioned showrooms selling jewels, clothes and departmental stores continued across the state, a government order said.

In areas coming under the City Police jurisdiction, the government said among others, IT and ITES enabled services firms can operate with 10 per cent employees (minimum 20 persons) and that the staff shall travel only in company-operated vehicles.

The state has allowed the following activities: construction activities by utilising services of labourers who are at the sites and by bringing workers from outside on a one-time basis; all construction activities and road constrction work by the government and public sector undertakings; SEZ and Export Oriented Unites and export units except industrial estates, with 25 per cent workers (a minimum of 20 persons); IT and IT enabled services with 10 per cent employees or a minimum of 20 persons will be allowed to function in Greater Chennai region. Shops selling essential goods can function from 6 am to 5 pm.