New Delhi: The Edappadi Palaniswami-led Tamil Nadu government on Saturday announced certain relaxations for shops and other private businesses in non-containment zones from Monday onward. Issuing a statement, the government allowed tea stalls to reopen from May 11, subject to certain conditions.Also Read - Madhya Pradesh: Two Foreign Return People Test Covid Positive; Sample Sent For Genome Sequencing

“The tea stalls could reopen but only for parcel sales. The outlets should be sanitised five times a day and can function between 6 am and 7 pm. Nobody would be allowed to drink tea outside or inside the stall”, the statement read. Also Read - Flying to UK? Country Tightens Travel Rules As Omicron Looms | Deets Inside

Besides, the government also private establishments to operate with 33 per cent staff between 10.30 am and 6 pm, if located within Greater Chennai Police jurisdiction. For business establishments outside this, the timing is 10 am to 7 pm. Also Read - Suffering From Runny Nose And Sore Throat? You May Actually be Infected With Covid-19: Study

From Monday, shops in Chennai selling essential items can also function between 6 am and 7 pm and other standalone neighbourhood shops between 10.30 am and 6 pm. The government notification also allowed fuel outlets in Chennai to function from 6 am to 6 pm. Fuel outlets outside Chennai can function between 6 am and 8 pm while those on the highways will remain 24 hours.