8.45 am: The Tamil Nadu government has extended the coronavirus lockdown in the state till 6 am on June 21, but eased restrictions in 27 districts, including Chennai, from Monday.
Last week, the state government had said complete lockdown will continue in 11 districts –Coimbatore, Nilgiris, Tiruppur, Erode, Salem, Karur, Namakkal, Thanjavur, Thiruvarur, Nagapattinam and Mayiladuthurai – because of high positivity rate.
In the 27 non-hotspot districts, salons, beauty parlours and spas can open at 50% customer capacity and without air conditioning between 6 am and 5 pm. Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation Limited, or TASMAC retail liquor shops, can function from 10 am to 5 pm. Government and municipal parks can open between 6 am and 9 am, but only for physical exercise.
Chief Minister MK Stalin announced more relaxations in curbs for 27 non-hotspot districts on Sunday. According to these guidelines, offices of construction companies will be allowed to operate with 50% attendance to handle salaries and other payment-related work. Shops selling sweets and savouries can now stay open from 8 am to 5 pm and tea shops are allowed to give takeaways between 6 am and 5 pm.