The Tamil Nadu government on Saturday said it will not allow any kind of relaxation in Chennai and all the containment zones across the state during the third phase of the lockdown starting from May 4.
Following the Centre’s fresh guidelines on COVID-19 lockdown, the Tamil Nadu government on Saturday eased restrictions in non-containment areas and allowed resumption of construction activity, road works, the opening of SEZs, among others, from May 4.
These units can function with 25 percent of employees and IT companies with 10 percent of employees. These employees will use only company vehicles. Also, grocery shops selling essential commodities can function between 6 am and 5 pm and restaurants (only for takeaways) between 6 am and 9 pm.
Other than Chennai (except containment zone) all industrial units (with only 50 percent of employees) will be allowed to function. In places where the population is over 15,000, textiles units will function with only 50 percent of workers, the release said.
The functioning of saloons or beauty parlors is prohibited while service providers such as plumbers, electricians, AC mechanics, and tailors can work. These come with a rider – all these activities are permitted in areas outside the containment zones.
Chennai is among the Red Zones owing to the high number of COVID-19 cases and tight restrictions are in place. Chennai has 1,081 cases (till Friday) and the state accounts for about 198 containment zones and 5 clusters have also been identified in the city.