Tamil Nadu to relax lockdown measures in Chennai?

Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday relaxed a few norms for the intensified lockdown that is coming into force in Chennai from Friday. Following are some of the relaxations:

Pre-paid autos, taxis and private vehicles allowed to ferry passengers from railway stations and airports.

Headquarters of banks and financial institutions are permitted to function with minimal staff.

Bank branches with minimal staff may function from June 20 to June 26 from 10 am to 2 pm for cash transactions relating to distributors and retail dealers of essential items like petroleum products and LPG. No direct service to public is permitted.

E-passes will be issued by the Industries department to managerial and supervisory categories of industries for movement in and out of Greater Chennai Police Commissionerate areas and other areas enforcing lockdown to their industrial units.

Tamil Nadu chief secretary K Shanmugam has directed the administrators of Chennai and neighbouring districts to fortify the Greater Chennai Police limits with multi-layer checking during a 12-day intense lockdown between June 19 and June 30.

He suggested geofencing of home isolated patients and quarantined contacts to ensure isolation norms are followed. Strict action should be taken against the violators.

“The main objective of this lockdown is to restrict the movement of people within the area and to outside to reduce the disease spread,” he said.

Shanmugam added: “It is very critical to ensure strict enforcement of the restriction of movements both internal and also movement to outside the area, while at the same time the administration shall focus on the other issues like strengthening the surveillance and survey of the containment areas/quarantined houses and organising fever camps in areas outside containment area for the early detection and testing of Covid-19 suspected persons.”