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Tamil Nadu government has extended Covid-19-mandated lockdown in the state for another week. The restrictions will now remain in place till June 28 now. However, the state government has allowed some respite in restrictions under the guidelines for the latest lockdown extension.

The state government has divided Tamil Nadu in three different categories. Existing restrictions have been retained in 11 districts falling in west and central region. More services and establishments have been allowed to reopen in 23 other districts.

General provision stores, vegetable and fruit shops, as well as meat shops have been allowed to operate from 6 AM to 7 PM in the 23 districts where lockdown restrictions have been relaxed.

Under the latest relaxations, government has allowed private transport to resume with 50 per cent occupancy. Metro rail services will also be restarted with 50 per cent occupancy.

Inter-district travel has been allowed to resumed around Chennai with non-AC buses permitted to run to and from four districts of Chennai region, including Chennai, Thiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chengalpet. Bus owners have been allowed to fill only 50 per cent of seats.

All travel restrictions have been lifted in these districts; people can travel in autos and taxis without e-registration. Sports training and sports competitions have been allowed to take place in these four districts, without any spectator in attendance.

Government offices involved in essential services can function at 100 per cent capacity, whereas private offices can only have 50 per cent of their workforce in the premises. Industries that have already been allowed to reopen can now operate at 100 per cent capacity, while others can operate with 33 per cent workforce. Automobile showrooms and service centres have been allowed to resume operations.

Film and television serial shootings have been allowed to resume with an attendance cap of 100 people. Film theatres have been allowed to undertake maintenance once a week with prior approval.

Food outlets can run from 6 AM to 9 PM, but only takeaways or home deliveries will be allowed. Tea shops will be allowed to reopen in the Chennai region from 6 AM to 7 PM, but only for parcel services. E-commerce services can also function from 6 AM to 9 PM.

Tamil Nadu recorded 8,183 fresh COVID-19 cases on Saturday, taking the caseload to 24.14 lakh, while 180 deaths took the toll to 31,015. Recoveries continued to outnumber new cases with 18,232 people being discharged, taking the tally to 23,04,885,leaving 78,780 active cases.

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