The Tamil Nadu government eases the restrictions; industries to operate from May 6

CHENNAI: On Saturday, supporting the prolonged shutdown of the Modi government, eased restrictions on non-containment zones, allowing industrial facilities in SEZ, EOU and export units, IT and across the state, and all industries, including textiles authorized to operate in rural areas and city Panchayats from May 6.

Prime Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami made an announcement about it after a three-hour cabinet meeting at the Secretariat. The state government monitors the spread of the virus and will announce more relaxations when the infection rate drops, the prime minister said. At the Chennai Grand Police boundary, construction activities are permitted where workers are available on site, and road and construction work can be carried out by government and public sector companies.

Within the Chennai Grand Police boundaries, SEZ, EOU, and Export units can operate with 25% force (minimum of 20 employees), as can IT and IT-enabled services with up to 10% strength. strength (minimum of 20 employees). Stores selling essentials will remain open between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m., while take-out meals at restaurants are allowed between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Except for beauty parlors/beauty parlors, all independent stores, neighborhood stores, including hardware, cement, building materials, computers, appliances, and optical stores will be open between 11 am and 5 pm

Skilled workers, including plumbers, electricians, air conditioning mechanics, carpenters, home care providers, and domestic help, require permission from the Greater Chennai Corporation District Commissioner/Collectors.

In the rest of the state, all industries, including the textile industry, can operate in rural and urban panchayats with a strength of 50% (minimum of 20 employees). The textile industry in the city's panchayats with a population of 15,000 requires the sanction of district collectors. Industrial establishments in EEZs, export-oriented units, industrial estates are allowed with 25% strength in rural and urban areas, while textiles are not allowed in urban industrial estates. Export units in urban areas require permission from district collectors to operate at 50% force.

Hardware manufacturers allowed with 50% resistance, while spinning mills in rural areas with 50% resistance are subject to social distancing and changes. The district collector can allow leather goods and design and sample clothing exports in urban areas with 30% resistance. IT and IT services must be 50% robust (minimum of 20 employees). Construction activities will take place where workers are available on site and a one-time permit is granted to bring workers.

Permission from the district collector is required for assistants to meet the special needs of the disabled, elderly, and patients, in addition to domestic help. Hardware store, cement, construction material, toilets, electronics stores will be open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Prohibition of transporting construction material.

All independent stores, including mobile phones, computers, appliances, electric motor repair shops, optical stores, will remain open between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., while in rural areas all independent stores will remain open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Take-out meals are only allowed in restaurants between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Except for shopping malls and market complexes, all independent stores will remain open between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. in corporations and municipalities.

In addition to the Center's guidelines, the state also prohibited the movement of taxis, cars, and rickshaw. No more than 20 people are allowed at the funeral and the existing rules for marriages continue.