Lockdown Update: Easing Of Restrictions In Chennai From July 6

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    The Tamil Nadu government will relax curbs in Chennai from July 6 after an intense 17-day lockdown in the capital city and suburbs. This comes after Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami had announced a complete lockdown in Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Chengalpet districts of Tamil Nadu from June 19 to July 5 in view of the staggering rise in the novel coronavirus cases in the state. Read more here. 

    However, the ongoing lockdown in Madurai and its surrounding areas will be extended until July 12.

    According to this Hindustan Times report, grocery and vegetable stores will now operate between 6 am and 6 pm, while hotels will remain open for takeaways between 6 am and 9 pm. Tea shops will be open, but only for takeaways between 6 am and 6 pm. Salons, beauty parlours, spas and barbershops will also be operational.

    Autos are also permitted to travel with two passengers, excluding the driver, but metro trains will remain unavailable. However, inter-state public transport will not be allowed until July 31 and inter-district transport is suspended till July 15. Schools, colleges, malls, gyms and sports complexes will remain shut. 

    All private offices, showrooms and large shops such as jewellery and textile, except in shopping malls, will be allowed to open from 10 am to 6 pm with 50% strength and without air conditioning. No more than five customers can be allowed inside a shop at the same time, the report adds. 

    As of July 5, Tamil Nadu's case count stands at 1,11,151. Among these, Chennai reported 1713 positive cases on Sunday, bringing the city’s total to 68,254.

    LBBTip: Please stay home 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, and the national helpline number is 011 23978046 and the dedicated email for any queries is ncov2019@gmail.com. 

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