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Corona lockdown 6.0 : Curbs eased, life back to normal in TN

July 06
14:03 2020
Corona lockdown 6.0 : Curbs eased, life back to normal in TN

Chennai, July 6 : Amid significant spurt in number of corona cases, which has breached the 1.10 lakh barrier, besides claiming 1,510 lives, normal life returned in Chennai and three neighbouring districts following easing of lockdown measures from today.

While announcing the lockdown (6.0) from July one to July 31

to tackle the virus spread, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi

K Palansiwami had announced that the intense/complete 12-day

lockdown from June 19 to 30 was extended till July five and that

more relaxations would come into force from today in Chennai,

Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Chengalpattu districts.

In line with his announcement, the four districts emerged from

total lockdown today, barring in containment zones, as life started

limping back to normalcy.

However, public transport services were banned across the State

till July 15 as the corona cases were on the rise.

Rail, air, suburban EMU and Chennai Metro train services too were

shut till July 31, along with inter-state transport services.

All places of worship, tourist stations like Ooty, Kodaikanal and

Yercaud, shopping malls, amusement parks, auditoriums, resorts,

lodges, gyms, swimming pools, bars and stadias continued to

remain closed for public.



Despite spike in the number of cases–68,254 so far–life was

new normal in Chennai as traffic signals started blinking, more

number of vehicles plied on the roads, including autos, taxis

and cabs.

As police anticipate increase in vehicle movement in view of

easing of curbs, special teams were force to regulate traffic

at various intersections and on arterial roads that would

witness heavy traffic flow.

A majority of the shops were open across the city, including

leading textile and jewellery chains.

Though all educational institutions, including schools and

colleges continued to remain closed, all banks, central and

state government government offices functioned along with

private firms and IT and ITES companies functioned with

50 per cent strength in the city.

Companies and industries outside Chennai and in other parts

of the state were allowed to function with 100 per cent staff.

All private companies IT and ITES sector functioned with 50 per

cent staff, besides non-AC showrooms and major establishments,

including jewellery and textiles, by catering to a maximum of five

customers at a time from today.

Saloons and beauty parlours–without AC–were also open from

today.

In non-containment areas outside Chennai, industries, IT and

ITES firms were allowed to operate with 100 per cent staff, with

the extension of work from home option.

In the rest of Tamil Nadu, except Madurai, where the intense

lockdown, which was in force from June 24 to 30 was extended

till July 12 in view of the increasing cases, life was near normal

as shops were open.

Mr Palaniswami said once the complete lockdown ended in Chennai

(on July 5), the relaxations that were in place before June 19 would

come into force in non-containment areas.

However, on Saturday, the Chief Minister partially modified

the relaxations and said hotels/restaurants and tea shops

would be allowed to offer only takeaway services until further

orders. No Dine-in services (which were allowed before the

June 19 lockdown) will be

He said restaurants/hotels were allowed from 0600 hrs to 2100

along with online delivery, while tea stalls were to function from

0600 hrs to 1800 hrs, same as vegetable and grocery shops.

Ssmall temples, churches, mosques and darghas in rural areas of

Tiruvallur, Kanchipuram, Chengalpattu and other districts, which

earns a revenue of less than Rs 10,000 per year, were re-opened

for public from today as per the Chief Minister’s announcement.

UNI

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