In a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus, the Tamil Nadu government on Thursday announced reintroduction of curbs like permission only for 50 percent seating capacity in cinemas and ban on select activities effective April 10.
All those above 45 years of age should get vaccinated within two weeks in either government or recognised private facilities to help prevent the virus spread, the government advised. Retail outlets in big vegetable markets like the sprawling Koyambedu complex here and similar large facilities in districts shall not be allowed to operate, an official release said.
Intake of passengers in buses in Chennai and for intra and inter-state travel shall be confined to seating capacity of vehicles and no passenger shall be allowed to travel by standing. In taxis and autorickshaws, only three and two passengers would be allowed respectively. Gatherings for religious and festival purposes would be prohibited and prayers in all places of worship by adhering to norms like social distancing shall be permitted only upto 8 pm.
The maximum number of people who could take part in weddings limited to 100 and those for funeral to 50. Retail shops, malls, big format stores, restaurants and tea shops, the number of people who could gather at any given time shall not exceed 50 percent of the capacity and all outlets could function till 11 pm and take away services would also be open till such time.
The only '50 percent' rule would also be applicable to movie theatres including single screen and multiplex, zoos, amusement parks, recreation clubs and '200' is the maximum number of people who could be allowed in auditoriums for events including cultural, entertainment, political or sports.
Factories, commercial complexes and hotels must ensure thermal screening, use of hand sanitizers and masks and expos would be allowed only for Business to Business process.