Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government has extended the coronavirus-induced lockdown in state till August 23rd, reports news agency ANI. Chief Minister of the State M K Stalin said to prevent crowding at places of religious worship, they would be open only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The offering of prayers by common public in all places of worship however will not be allowed on these days.Also Read - NEET Aspirant Goes Missing From Home in Tamil Nadu’s Namakkal After Checking Answer Key

Local bodies should ensure prevention of crowding in the meat and fish markets for which separate shops should be put up, said the Chief Minister. Commercial establishments must have hand-sanitizers at the entry point and thermal-screen customers besides ensure social distancing, he said. Violation of these regulations would entail action, he added. Also Read - NEET UG 2021 Latest Update: 17-year-old Girl Attempts Self-Immolation In Chennai Fearing NEET Scores

Here’s what else Tamil Nadu CM said:

  • To control the pandemic, test-track-treat-vaccination, Covid-19 appropriate behaviour and micro-level management programmes would be implemented.
  • In containment zones, only essential services such as medical services should be allowed while teams would conduct door-to-door checks.
  • People should avoid venturing out unnecessarily, refrain from crowding and strictly follow Covid protocols.
  • Officials should launch initiatives to create awareness on the coronavirus and take steps to prevent its further spread.

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