Tamil Nadu Relaxes COVID-19 Curbs; Schools, Movie Theatres Allowed To Reopen

In new guidelines, state government has allowed schools, movie theatres, sport centres, and bars to reopen.

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Tamil Nadu Relaxes COVID-19 Curbs; Schools, Movie Theatres Allowed To Reopen

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin announced on Saturday, 23 October, an extension of COVID-19 lockdown in the state till 15 November, but with several relaxations, The Indian Express reported.

The decision to lift certain restrictions was made after a meeting to review COVID-19 situation. It was chaired by the chief minister at the Secretariat, said the official press release.

What Has Been Allowed in the State?

  • Movie theatres in the state can function with 100 percent occupancy from 1 November.

  • Movie shootings have been allowed, but the crew must be fully vaccinated and should follow COVID-19 protocols.

  • The 11 pm deadline for shops and restaurants will be lifted.

  • Intra-district and inter-district public transport in ordinary and air-conditioned buses will be allowed with 100 percent seat occupancy. (This does not apply to buses going from Tamil Nadu to Kerala.)

  • Schools will be allowed to reopen on a rotational basis for Classes 1 to 8 from 1 November onwards.

  • Indoor and outdoor sports, sports training, and use of swimming pools for ‘therapeutic purposes’ have been allowed with immediate effect.

  • Indoor cultural programmes are allowed.

  • Bars and standalone bars are allowed to reopen.

Tamil Nadu government has continued its ban on all political, religious, and cultural events, as they can potentially turn into into super-spreaders.

(With inputs from The Indian Express.)

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