Tamil Nadu extends COVID-19 restrictions till December 31 — Chennai’s Marina beach to re-open after two weeks

Tamil Nadu extends COVID-19 restrictions till December 31 — Chennai’s Marina beach to re-open after two weeks
Tamil Nadu government has extended COVID-19 restrictions in the state till December 31, but with some more relaxations, as the state sees another surge in the number of coronavirus cases.

The order from the state government said the classes for all final year undergraduate students will reopen on December 7 and hostels for these students would be allowed to operate. Tourist spots, including beaches and Marina, will open on December 14 for the public based on the situation of the pandemic.

According to Palanswami, barring the Covid-19 containment zones the following relaxations are applicable along with the existing ones:

* Final year under graduate courses in all colleges and universities and medical courses (under graduate and post graduate).

* For the first year college students' classes for the academic year will commence from Tuesday.

* Swimming pools for training purposes will be allowed to function following standard operating procedures (SOP).

* Marina and other beaches will be open for public from December 12 depending on the coronavirus spread subject to following SOP.

* Exhibition halls will be allowed to function only for business to business purposes after following SOP.

* Indoor social, political and religious congregations allowed subject to 50 per cent seating capacity and not exceeding 200 persons from Tuesday to December 31. Permission from the District Collectors and from Greater Chennai Police (for Chennai meetings) are necessary.

* Based on the coronavirus spread, permission for outdoor meetings will be decided.

* The existing system of E-registration for those coming to Tamil Nadu from states other than Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Union Territory of Puducherry would continue.

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