Tamil Nadu extends lockdown till June 14, marks hotspots

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Lockdown in Tamil Nadu (Image tweeted by @ANI)
Lockdown in Tamil Nadu (Image tweeted by @ANI)

Chennai : The lockdown in Tamil Nadu has been extended till June 14, Chief Minister MK Stalin announced on Saturday; he also notified two sets of relaxations for 11 hotspots and rest of the state.

Coimbatore, Nilgiris, Tiruppur, Erode, Salem, Karur, Namakkal, Tanjore, Thiruvarur, Nagapattinam and Mayiladuthurai make up the hotspot districts where restriction will continue due to high rate of infection.

In rest part of the state, the standalone grocery shops will be allowed to open from 6am to 5pm. However, the fish markets and slaughter houses will be allowed only for wholesale and are to be shifted to open areas to ensure social distancing, a key facet in keeping the virus at bay.

The people in the states have been advised to do maximum shopping from the nearby shops and avoid travelling out without any emergency.

Housekeeping staff has been allowed back at apartments and office complexes but need an e-registration. Autos with two passengers and cabs with three are allowed as well with the required e-pass.

Hardware stores, automotive spares stores, stationery shops are allowed from 6am to 5pm. Professionals like electricians, plumbers, carpenters and those self-employed are also given the go-ahead to practise between the specified hours.

Match box industries can function with 50 per cent workers.

All government offices can function with 30 per cent staff members, the state government said.

Earlier, the lockdown restrictions were supposed to end on June 7, but keeping in mind the current situation, the government extended lockdown with some relaxations.