Starting September, Tamil Nadu will return to near pre-COVID normal with the government cancelling the requirement for inter-district e-pass, opening up shopping malls and cancelling the total lockdown it had enforced every Sunday for the past eight weeks.
In the fresh guidelines for the lockdown, all places of worship, hotels and resorts are allowed to re-open. People can travel across Tamil Nadu without e-pass and public and private bus transport within districts shall resume, the new lockdown guidelines state.
Shopping malls, show rooms and big formal stores can open with 100 per cent staff but cinema halls cannot function yet. Complying with the Centre’s Unlock 4 guidelines, Tamil Nadu government will allow the Chennai Metro to resume from September 7.
“Under relaxed norms, no complete lockdown will be enforced on Sundays in September. E-pass system for inter-district travel will be discontinued. All places of worship, hotels and resorts have been allowed to re-open,” Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said.
E-passes will, however, continue to be required for people arriving in the state by air or rail, and travel to Ooty and Kodaikanal and other hill stations.
Film shooting can resume with a maximum of 75 crew members on set at any given time. Spectators will not be allowed. All relaxations will require adherence to SOPs (standard operating procedures) to minimise contact between people and spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Passengers arriving by domestic and international flights, as well as those entering the state in private vehicles and trains would still need to apply for e-pass, which will be sanctioned to all automatically.
Parks and sports stadia will be open for undertaking training, but members of the public will not be allowed inside stadiums. No public meetings or religious gatherings or processions will be permitted. All industries as well as IT/ITeS sector can have their operations with 100% employees.