Major relaxations for Non-Containment Zones in Tamil Nadu from Monday

Major relaxations for Non-Containment Zones in Tamil Nadu from Monday

Tamil Nadu has announced major relaxations in coronavirus lockdown guidelines starting Monday, including the extension of working hours of standalone and neighborhood shops and allowing private establishments to function with a reduced number of employees on the premises.

However, these relaxations will not be applicable in containment zones, the government added.

Under the revised guidelines, shops selling essential goods, such as groceries, fruits, and vegetables, can function from 6 am to 7 pm. So far, they had to shut at 1 pm.

Standalone and neighborhood shops in state capital Chennai can open from 10.30 am to 6 pm; those outside the city can function from 10 am to 6 pm. Earlier they had to close at 5 pm.

In a fresh move, private establishments in Chennai will be allowed from 10.30 am to 6 pm but only with a maximum of 33 percent of the total workforce. Those outside the capital can stay open till 7 pm but must follow the same 33 percent rule.

Petrol pumps on state and central highways can function 24x7, while those in towns and cities outside Chennai have been allowed between 6 am and 8 pm.

Tea shops across the state have been allowed from 6 am to 7 pm, but can only offer takeaways. Violation of social distancing rules - for example, if customers eat or drink there - will lead to the shop being shut

While announcing these relaxations, the government reiterated that social distancing guidelines must be strictly followed at all times. Regular disinfection of shops and establishments must also take place, the government added.