TN government extends lockdown with relaxations

The State government on Thursday issued a GO extending lockdown until further orders providing minor relaxations for political party agents on the day of counting votes.

Night curfew and complete lockdown on Sundays are set to continue with restrictions on permitted activities for the effective containment of COVID, stated Chief Secretary Rajeev Ranjan, in the GO.

With the ongoing phase of lockdown scheduled to end on Friday, the government clarified that the existing orders on restrictions shall continue and no further restrictions will be imposed on Saturdays as of now.

The government also said there will be no restrictions for the movements of officials and party functionaries, candidates, chief agents, counting agents, food suppliers in connection with counting of votes on May 2. Similarly, Chennai Metro rail shall be permitted to operate skeletal services on Sundays.

The government has provided relaxations for other fields including lifting the ban on shooting of films and TV serials. Moreover, saloons and beauty parlours can function in rural areas. Local administrations have been given the power to impose necessary restrictions at the district, sub-district, city and ward level.