Chennai: On Thursday, the Tamil Nadu government announced the extension of the coronavirus-induced lockdown in the state till August 31. However, the lockdown this time will have more relaxations, including scaling up workforce in private establishments and allowing dine-in services in hotels and restaurants.
Extending the total shutdown imposed across the state on Sundays in July to August, Chief Minister K. Palaniswami said the intense curbs will be in place on August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.
“The Independence Day celebrations will be held across the state as per Central government guidelines with precautions like social distancing and use of masks,” he said in a statement.
He added “existing ban on religious congregations, operation of public transport, shopping malls, theatres and bars and all kinds of political and sporting activities, inter-state public and private transport will remain.”