The Tamil Nadu government on Monday announced more restrictions as part of its Covid-19 containment strategy, including a bar on running shops other than those selling essentials like vegetables and provisions.
An official release said with effect from May 6 to 20, vegetable and provision shops located in commercial complexes have to remain closed while standalone shops can be open only till noon with 50 per cent customers.
”Besides the above mentioned provision and vegetable shops, all other shops are barred from being open.There is no bar on shops selling essentials like milk and medicines,” it said, while pointing out at the sharp increase in coronavirus cases.
All government and private offices can run with 50 per cent staff attendance while the seating capacity in metro rail, private buses and taxis should be confined to 50 per cent.
Restaurants can sell only takeaways while tea shops can remain open only till noon and customers cannot sit and have food at such places, it said.
There was a cap of 20 persons in death related events.
Further, spas in rural areas should also remain closed.
Citing the surge in Covid cases, the release said the active infections stood at 1.23 lakh and the restrictions were being implemented in line with the Centre’s directives on containing the spread of the pandemic, it said, adding, the curbs were ”unavoidable”.