Chennai, Jan 12 : With a view to prevent spread of coronavirus, which has been controlled significantly, the Tamil Nadu Government on Tuesday banned public entry in all beaches, Vandalur Zoo and Mamallapuram during Pongal holidays from January 15 to 17.
An official release here said since the lockdown with several relaxations had been in place since March 25 last year, the government had taken various steps and was protecting the people following which the virus spread has been controlled to a great extent.
Since public were expected to congregate in large numbers in all beaches, entry of public was already banned for Kaanum Pongal on January 16–the last day of the four-day Pongal festivities.
In continuance of this, since there was fear of spread of virus, as a precautionary measure public would not be allowed to visit the Arignar Anna Zoological Park at Vandalur- popularly called as Vandalur Zoo–the tourist spot of Mamallapuram, about 55km from here, the Guindy Children’s National Park and other tourist spots were public used to congregate in large numbers during the Pongal holidays.
People were advised to cooperate with the government and wear face masks and maintain physical distancing norms to prevent spread of the virus.