Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami, under the newly-announced relaxed norms stated that no complete lockdown will be imposed on Sundays in September. Meanwhile, e-pass system for inter-district travel has been discontinued.
Key takeaways from Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami’s announcements:
- All places of worship to reopen with separate SOP and cap on visitor count.
- E-passes scrapped: To limit tourist count, E-passes mandatory for visitors to Udhagamandalam, Kodaikanal, and other attractions. Instant e-pass facility available.
- Sunday intense lockdown scrapped. Malls to reopen but theatres to remain shut.
- Playground areas and public spaces used for exercising and work-outs can be reopened.
- Metro service to resume from September 7. Bus services to recommence from Tuesday. Chennai International Airport to receive double flights a day at 50 landings.
- Clubs, hotels and parks to reopen. Resorts and recreation clubs can reopen with standard operating procedure.
- Government and private offices can work with 100% staff attendance. However, Work from Home is strongly advised.
- The following, which were prohibited under earlier lockdown, will continue to remain shut: schools, colleges, research institutions, swimming pools, entertainment parks, large auditoriums, public gatherings, beaches, zoos and museums, tourist places and suburban trains.
- Shops and restaurants can be open till 8 pm. Parcel services from hotels and restaurants can function till 9 pm.
- Religious gatherings, community and political gatherings, cultural events, educational events and other processions will continue to remain banned.
- Film shootings can be conducted with maximum staff attendance at 75 people.