Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government on Sunday extended the state-wide lockdown curbs further by one more week till Monday, June 28. The state government has however permitted some more relaxations that include public transport, metro rail services, and several others. The state government has also divided the districts into three tiers for the unlock process. The Tier-1 comprises 11 districts —Coimbatore, Nigeria, Thiruppur, Erode, Salem, Karur, Namakkal, Thanjavur, Thiruvarur, Nagapattinam and Mayiladuthurai. In these districts, no additional relaxations have been provided as the active caseload continues to remain high. In Tier-2, 23 districts have been added that are allowed additional relaxations. Ariyalur, Cuddalore, Dharmapuri, Dindigul, Kallakurichi, Kanyakumari, Krishnagiri, Madurai, Perambalur, Pudukottai, Ramanathapuram, Ranipet, Sivagangai, Theni, Tenkasi, Thirunelveli, Thirupathur, Thiruvannamalai, Thuthukudi, Trichy, Villupuram, Vellore and Virudhunagar come under this category. And, in Tier-3 districts falls Chennai, Thiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chengalpet, and these districts get additional relaxations too along with those extended to Tier-2 districts.Also Read - Breaking News Highlights: Ashwini Vaishnaw to Make Statement on Pegasus Case in Rajya Sabha Tomorrow

Let’s have a look at what’s allowed and what’s not in the Tier-2 districts:

  1. Standalone grocery shops and vegetable markets are now allowed to remain open from 6 am to 7 pm.
  2. All delivery services allowed in restaurants and tea stalls from 6 am to 9 pm.
  3. E-commerce services are allowed to function from 6 am to 9 pm.
  4. Sweet shops are allowed to function from 6 am to 9 pm.
  5. Government offices providing essential services can function with 100 percent staff and other government offices can function with 50 percent staff.
  6. 33 percent workforce allowed in private concerns.
  7. Shops selling electrical items, hardware stores, vehicle outlets, stationery stores, vehicle mechanical shops, footwear stores, home appliances stores, and smartphone shops can function from 9 am to 5 pm.
  8.  Electricians, plumbers, and motor technicians can function from 6 am to 5 pm.
  9.  Construction work permitted and shops selling equipment for construction business permitted.
  10.  Education institutions can function only for the enrollment of students.
  11.  Sports-related training is allowed from 6 am to 5 pm without any audience.
  12.  Passengers can travel in taxis and autorickshaws with e-registration.

what’s allowed and what’s not in the Tier-3 districts:

  1. All government offices are now allowed to function with 100 percent staff, while private workplaces can call in 50 percent of their workforce.
  2. Public transport has been allowed to operate with 50 percent occupancy, while in Chennai, metro services have been allowed to operate with a 50 percent cap on seating.
  3. E-registration is no longer required to travel in taxis and autorickshaws.
  4. Shooting for film and television serials has been allowed with a maximum of 100 personnel. It is mandatory for artists to take the RTPCR test.
  5. Wedding and other ceremonies can be observed in Tier-1 and Tier-2 districts with a maximum of 50 people, but only after acquiring e-registration.

On Saturday, Tamil Nadu recorded 8,183 fresh COVID-19 cases, including three returnees from Andhra Pradesh and Bihar, pushing the caseload to 24.14 lakh, while 180 deaths took the toll to 31,015. Recoveries continued to outnumber new cases with 18,232 people being discharged, taking the tally to 23,04,885, leaving 78,780 active cases, a health department bulletin said. Tamil Nadu recorded its highest daily cases at 36,184 on May 21 and since then has been reporting a declining trend. The daily case count dropped below 10,000 on June 17. Also Read - Power Cut in Parts of Chennai Today. Check Time And Areas

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