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Tamil Nadu eases restrictions for non-containment zones

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The Tamil Nadu government on Saturday announced a slew of relaxations to businesses that operate in the non-containment zones even as the government formally extended the lockdown till May 17 in accordance with a Home Ministry guideline on Friday. 

A cabinet meeting headed by Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami today announced that it has decided to extend the lockdown till May 17 under National Disaster Management Act to contain the spread of coronavirus in the state. 

However, the Chief Minister categorically said that no relaxation will be allowed in Chennai and all other containment zones in the state during the period of lockdown. 

The relaxations allowed by the state government includes construction activities in non-containment zones of Chennai including road works, government and public sector building work falling within jurisdiction of Greater Chennai Police.

Special economic zones (SEZs) and export-oriented units (EOUs) will be allowed to operate with 25% workforce after inspection by government officials. Employees should transport only in company-arranged transport. IT & ITes companies are allowed to operate with 10% staff strength. 

Shops selling essentials can function from 6 am to 5 pm while restaurants are allowed to function between 6 AM to 9 PM but only with takeaway services. 

Standalone and neighbourhood shops (except saloons and parlours) can function between 11 am to 5 pm. This includes hardware, cement and construction products, electrical shops, mobile phone, computer and consumer goods shops and opticals. 

Plumbers, electricians, AC mechanics, home care providers, domestic servants will be allowed to operate with due permission from the civic body commissioner. 

In other districts, SEZs, EOUs, IT and ITes, hardware manufacturers will be allowed to operate with 50% workforce while leather tanneries are allowed to function with 30% workforce. 

The government also added that ATMs, hospitals, agro processing units, AMMA Canteens, banks and other essential services will continue to operate without any restrictions. 

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