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Chennai, Sep 10 : Amid reports of emergence of a possible third wave of COVID pandemic, the Tamil Nadu government has extended the ban on political, social, cultural and religious gatherings in public places till October 31, while imposing a ban on bus services to Kerala where the daily caseload has increased significantly.
Chief Minister M K Stalin, in a statement here last night, said the ban was being extended to prevent spread of the COVID-19. He said other restrictions, which were earlier announced, would continue to remain in force till the morning of September 15.
Official sources said the government would take a call on either extending them or relaxing them depending on the prevailing situation. As the cases in some of the districts has shown a marginal increase, the Chief Minister extended the ban on public gatherings till October 31. Mr Stalin had already banned celebrations of today’s Vinayaga Chathurthi festival in public places and installation of idols by various Hindu organisations in view of the COVID pandemic and to control the spread.
“To control the spread of COVID-19 infections and prevent a third wave, I appeal to the people to celebrate festivals at their homes”, he said and also advised the people and use public transport only if it is necessary and avoid crowding in public places and events.
Mr Stalin also announced a ban on bus services between Tamil Nadu and Kerala where the COVID cases has increased significantly due to festival celebrations.
Taking into account the re-surfacing of Nipah virus in the neighbouring State, the Tamil Nadu government has been taking all necessary steps to prevent its spread in the state.
With the special committee of National Institute of Disaster Management coming under Union Home Ministry filing a report that there could be a
third wave of COVID-19 pandemic in September and October, Tamil Nadu has imposed a ban on festivals, political, social and cultural events as it
could end up becoming ‘super-spreader’ events.
Mr Stalin also appealed to the people to follow COVID-19 protocols, wear face masks, wash hands frequently with soap and maintain social distancing to prevent the virus spread.