Tamil Nadu govt extends Covid-19 restrictions till December 30

Tamil Nadu govt extends Covid-19 restrictions till December 30

The lockdown restrictions due to Covid-19 have been extended in Tamil Nadu till December 31 with more relaxations in place.

According to the Tamil Nadu government's notification, the classes for UG final year students in the state will resume from December 7.

The state government's notification said Marina beach will reopen on December 15. The swimming pools for sportsmen for their training will also reopen during this time.

Earlier, the Centre said states and union territories can impose local restrictions like night curfew to check the spread of Covid-19 but made it clear that they will have to consult it before imposing any lockdown outside the containment zones.

While issuing guidelines for "Surveillance, Containment, and Caution" for December, the MHA also said that the listing of contacts shall be carried out in respect of all persons found positive, along with their tracking, identification, quarantine, and follow up for 14 days and 80 percent of contacts should be traced within 72 hours.

The ministry said that the state and UT governments shall take all necessary measures to promote Covid-19 appropriate behavior and to ensure strict enforcement of wearing of face masks, hand hygiene, and social distancing.

To enforce the core requirement of wearing face masks, states and UTs may consider administrative actions, including the imposition of appropriate fines on persons not wearing face masks in public and workspaces, the MHA said.

The MHA said the main focus of the directive is to consolidate the substantial gains which are visible in the steady decline in the number of active cases in the country.