Tamil Nadu government on August 21 announced relaxations in the COVID-19 restrictions and allowed schools from Class 9 onwards to reopen from September 1 following coronavirus safety rules. Cinema theatres, beaches zoos, parks, boat houses, etc. are also allowed to reopen from August 23 onwards, provided COVID-19 SOPs are maintained.
Under the new guidelines, schools can also serve students with food under the ‘noon-meal scheme’, while the decision on resuming offline classes for Classes 1-8 will be taken after September 15.
For colleges and polytechnic institutes, the government allowed them to open on rotation basis from September 1 as per the guidelines. However, faculty and staff members have to be fully vaccinated.
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The Chief Minister MK Stalin-led state government allowed reopening of theatres at 50 percent capacity from Monday (August 23). However, theatres have been directed to ensure their staff is vaccinated.
Similarly bars in hotels and clubs have been allowed to open from August 23, but only if staff members have received the COVID-19 jab. Beaches will now be open to the public and authorities have been directed to ensure vaccination of vendors and shopkeepers. Same guideline have been issued for botanical and zoological parks.
The state government has allowed offices of IT firms to function with 100 percent staff attendance. The administration also allowed swimming pools to open, but only for sports training, given that all trainees are above the age of 18 and trainers have received the COVID-19 vaccine.
In a major move, the state government gave green signal to resume operations of buses to neighbouring states like Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka with COVID SOP. It also extended shops to operate till 10 pm, which was earlier restricted till 9 pm.