TN extends curfew – Tasmac, Saloons not allowed in 11 districts including Coimbatore

Tamil Nadu state government has extended the curfew for one more week with some more relaxations.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin has on Friday announced that the statewide curfew is being extended for another week until June 21. According to the recommendations of the expert committee and the head of all the legislative parties, the cumulative decision of extending the curfew has been taken.

The already existing curfew which ends on June 14 is now extended until 6 am on June 21. According to an official press release, the already permitted activities will function as usual. Nevertheless, the 11 districts where the caseload is still severe, are given a separate set of restrictions. The government has given permission for the following activities in 27 districts.

These are NOT APPLICABLE TO THE 11 DISTRICTS including Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Nilgiris, Erode, Salem, Karur, Namakkal, Thanjavur, Thiruvarur, Nagapattinam and Mayiladuthurai. Beauty Parlour, Saloons, Spas are allowed without air conditioning facilities from 6 am to 5 pm by allowing 50% of customers.

Walking alone is permitted in parks and playgrounds under the control of municipal and government administrations from 6 am to 9 am. Agricultural equipment, pump set service stations (not sales outlets) can remain open from 9 am to 5 pm. Optical shops can remain open from 9 am to 2 pm.

Production and sales of pottery, earthenware and craft items are allowed between 6 am and 5 pm. Shops selling and repairing home appliances such as Television, mixer, grinder, etc., can remain open from 9 am to 2 pm. Tasmac outlets are permitted to function from 10 am to 5 pm. Mobile phones and the related outlets shall remain open from 9 am to 2 pm. Shops selling construction materials can be open from 9 am to 2 pm.

Administrative works regarding admissions in schools, colleges and universities are permitted. Export companies and those manufacturing raw materials which are already permitted are good to f]operate with 50% of employees. Now, other factories can also function with 33% of staff. The factory employees can use their four-wheelers and two-wheelers to go to work, provided they have to carry their ID cards and e-registration documents.

IT/ IT service firms are allowed to function with 20% of staff or 10 members alone. HFCs and NBFCs and all the insurance companies are permitted to function with 33% of staff. The following are the relaxations given to the 11 districts including Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Nilgiris, Erode, Salem, Karur, Namakkal, Thanjavur, Thiruvarur, Nagapattinam and Mayiladuthurai. Housekeeping services will be allowed with e-registration.

Electricians, plumbers, motor technicians, computer technicians, carpenters and other self-employed persons can work between 9 am and 5 pm with e-registration.

Shops repairing bicycles and two-wheelers can function between 9 am and 2 pm.

Call taxis can operate with three passengers apart from the driver and auto-rickshaws will be allowed to operate with two passengers excluding the driver. Shops repairing agricultural equipment and pump sets can function between 9 am and 2 pm.

Optical shops can remain open from 9 am to 2 pm. Production and sales of pottery, earthenware and craft items are allowed between 6 am and 5 pm. Export companies and those manufacturing raw materials which are already permitted are good to floperate with 25% of employees. The government has mandated that all the permitted shops have to strictly adhere to the guidelines such as not using air-conditioners, placing hand sanitisers with dispensers at the entrance, ensuring that the customers wear a mask and maintaining social distance.

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