Chennai: As covid-19 cases show steady decline, the Tamil Nadu government on Sunday announced more relaxations 27 districts of the state including Chennai corporation.
In a statement, chief minister M.K. Stalin said that following representations from various sections of people, the state government is providing relaxations in 27 districts of the state including the capital, Chennai.
Tea shops are permitted to function from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday but they are allowed to offer only parcel services and people are not allowed to stand near the shops and consume tea.
It may be recalled that when the government announced the opening of TASMAC liquor vends from Friday, there were widespread criticisms against the government's move in not allowing tea shops to function while the liquor shops were allowed to operate.
Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu government on Friday extended the state-wide lockdown till June 21 and announced some relaxations in Covid-19 curbs.
In a statement issued, the chief minister said all shops that are permitted to operate should have: (a) sanitiser with dispenser outside the shop and thermal screening of customers should be done (b) shop employees and the customers should compulsorily wear masks (c) all shops should be without air conditioning and social distancing should be maintained with markings on the floor outside the shop for people to stand should be done.
Tamil Nadu recorded its highest daily infections tally at 36,184 cases on May 21 and since then, it has been witnessing a declining trend.