Chennai Lockdown Update: TN Extends Lockdown To Sept 30 With Major Relaxations

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    The Tamil Nadu Government on August 30 announced that the coronavirus lockdown will be extended in the state and Chennai till September 30 but with major relaxations, including scrapping off the 'total lockdown' on Sundays. According to this NDTV report, intra-state bus services will resume from September 1 and Chennai metro services from September 7.

    According to the new guidelines, hotels, resorts, shopping malls, clubs and places of worship will reopen from September 1 and shops outside containment zones can stay open till 8 PM instead of 7 pm previously. Schools, colleges and theatres will remain shut. 

    In line with the new guidelines issued by the Central Government, the e-pass system for intra-state travel has also been revoked. However, E-passes will be required for people arriving by air or rail and travelling to hill stations within the state.

    Industries, government offices and banks will now be allowed to function with 100 per cent of staff. The report also added that about 50 incoming flights will be allowed to land at Chennai airport and inter-state trains on select routes have also been permitted.

    As of August 30, Tamil Nadu's case tally stood at 4,16,000. Among these, Chennai reported 1,249 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,34,436. 

    LBBTip: Please stay home as much as possible and be cautious. Speak to your doctor or relevant medical personnel and follow the protocol of the local health authorities. The helpline number is 1075 for Tamil Nadu, the national helpline number is 011 23978046 and the dedicated email for any queries is ncov2019@gmail.com. You can also call on 1800 120 555550, 044-29510400, 044-29510500, 044 24300300, 044 46274446, 944434096, 8754448477.

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