TN announces more relaxations, libraries to open from Sept 1

In a bid to boost economic activity in the state, under restricted lockdown due to Covid-19 since March, Tamil Nadu government has exempted “business travellers” visiting the state for a short duration of three days (72 hours) from the need to undergo quarantine.

According to a government order, business travellers representing various industries including IT/ITeS, hospitality, entertainment and legal can avail the facility.

In another order, the state government also permitted libraries, except branch and village libraries, to function from September 1. But, those above 65 years will not be allowed.

Meanwhile, Chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday said the e-pass system is necessary to monitor the movement of people in the present pandemic scenario and to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the state.

“The government issues epass to all those who apply for it. But people must apply only in case of emergencies and for absolutely necessary reasons. E-pass will help in contact tracing and test and treat all of them,” he said.

TheCM added: “It (continuing e-pass system) is a decision taken after careful consideration and discussion with experts. Covid-19 is a deadly disease, it is a matter of life and death. Several people have lost their lives to the infection.”

“The percentage of people who have recovered from the infection is high in Tamilnadu. More number of coronavirus tests are being carried out in the State. More than 300 camps are conducted everyday. Infections are being found out using mobile testing centres,” he said.