In order to curb the spread of COVID-19, the government of Tamil Nadu has announced the implementation of restrictive measures from April 20, including a curfew from 10 pm to night. And 4 o’clock in the morning, and fully locked on Sunday. After a review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, the government announced on April 18 that it would prohibit access to beaches, zoos, parks, museums and all tourist attractions throughout the day . The government also postponed the 12th state board exam, but did not specify a date, while allowing the actual exam to be conducted as planned. These restrictions may be reviewed on April 30.
After the Tamil Nadu government announced the news, Chief Election Officer Satyabrata Sahoo stated that the lockdown restrictions on May 2 (Sunday) will not apply because this is the parliamentary public opinion on April 6. The day of the investigation. During the night curfew, private and public transportation, rickshaws, taxis and private cars will not be allowed. However, during the curfew, vehicles used for medical emergencies, rickshaws, taxis, and private vehicles used for transportation to hospitals, airports and railway stations will be allowed. In addition, vehicles for transporting basic items such as milk, as well as trucks for newspaper transportation, medical services, pharmacies, ambulances, morgues, and vehicles for transporting goods and fuel will be allowed. The fuel outlet will operate as usual.
On all days, the maximum capacity of hotels and restaurants (except Sundays), tea shops, vegetable shops, grocery stores and all other shops, shopping malls, jewelry stores, and large shops at any given point in time can reach 50%, until 9 pm On Sundays, hotels and restaurants will only be allowed to provide takeaway services. The time should be between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., 12 noon. Food delivery applications and e-commerce websites that provide food delivery services at 3 pm and 6 pm at 9 pm will only operate during this period. Other e-commerce companies will be banned from operating on Sundays.
During the night curfew, transportation between Tamil Nadu and other countries and between regions is not allowed. The government said that private and public transport operators must ensure that they wear masks, conduct temperature checks on passengers and avoid crowded vehicles. Allow continuous processing industries and industries engaged in the production of basic products to play a role during the curfew. Such industries have been instructed to provide letters and ID cards to employees who work at night to enable them to travel to work.
Fully locked on Sunday
It announced a total lockdown on all Sundays across the state, as witnessed during the peak of the pandemic in 2021. The organization stated that fish and meat markets, fruit and vegetable shops, movie theaters, commercial establishments and all shops are not allowed to operate. The government stated: “Severe action will be taken against those who do not comply with this rule.” However, basic and emergency services such as night curfews will be allowed on Sunday. Following the established COVID-19 prevention procedures, on all days including Sundays, a maximum of 100 people can be married, and a maximum of 50 people can be funerals. The government also instructed all information technology companies in the state to ensure that at least 50% of their employees work from home.
The planned Temple Kumbhabhisekam activities can be carried out with up to 50 members of the public in accordance with the necessary procedures and precautions, together with the temple and temple administrators. It is recommended that any new kumbhabhisekam events, religious activities are postponed, and will not be allowed to do so. Higher education institutions have been instructed to conduct courses in online mode, and exams should also be conducted online only. The government also banned all summer camps in the state. The government has stated that hotels that wish to convert their facilities into COVID care centers will receive permits. Before obtaining permission, the health department will evaluate such facilities. Such a hotel cannot allow any customers to stay there.
The government also warned movie theaters that they should take strict action if they are found to have violated the 50% capacity standard and fail to follow the agreement to provide soap and disinfectant, and tourists to wear masks.