Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government has announced further relaxations in COVID-19 curbs today. It has decided to reopen schools for Class 9 and above from September 1, while theatres can open from Monday at 50% occupancy, the state government said. As per the new guidelines announced by Chief Minister M K Stalin, the restrictions in the state have been extended till September 9.Also Read - NEET UG 2021 Latest Update: 17-year-old Girl Attempts Self-Immolation In Chennai Fearing NEET Scores

The state government also announced that colleges will be allowed to conduct physical classes from September 1 on a rotational basis. It also said both the teaching staff and non-teaching staff need to be vaccinated. All shops have been allowed to operate till 9 pm and can function till 10 pm from August 23. IT-related organizations can function with 100% workforce Also Read - NEET UG 2021: Tamil Nadu Launches Helpline To Counsel Stressful Aspirants, MK Stalin Urges Candidates Not To End Life

Regarding the resumption of physical classes in colleges, the standard operating procedures would be announced by the higher education department. It further said the polytechnic colleges also would be allowed to conduct physical classes from September 1 and the staff should be vaccinated. Also Read - Another Medical Aspirant Dies by Suicide Hours Before Tamil Nadu Passes Anti-NEET Bill 2021; Second Incident in 2 Days

(With inputs from ANI)