The restrictions come days after polling concluded in Tamil Nadu and amid a surge in COVID-19 cases.

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Coronavirus Coronavirus Thursday, April 08, 2021 - 14:11

The Tamil Nadu government has announced a set of fresh restrictions in the state due to increasing COVID-19 cases. From limiting the number of people at weddings to 100 and funerals to 50, to asking restaurants and shopping malls to allow only for 50% capacity, several directives have been freshly issued. This comes two days after polling concluded in Tamil Nadu, which witnessed a single phase election. It also comes amidst a surge in COVID-19 infections in the state, which presently has over 27,000 active cases. 

Following have been prohibited:

> Carnivals and religious congregations will be banned starting April 10.

> Fruits and vegetable retails outlets at Koyambedu will not be allowed to conduct business inside the market complex from April 10.

>Fruits and vegetable wholesale markets in all districts shall remain prohibited 

Following shall be allowed with restrictions 

> Industries shall be permitted to function by strictly following SOPs

> Only seated passengers are allowed to travel via public and government transport. Standing passengers do not have permission to travel.

> In addition to mask wearing and hand sanitising, only 50% capacity of customers is allowed in grocery stores, shopping malls and other establishments. Shops must close by 11pm.

> Only 50% capacity allowed to dine in restaurants till 11 pm. Take away services too will be allowed until 11 pm

> Recreational clubs, entertainment parks, amusement parks, big auditoriums, zoos, museums and other public spaces admit only 50% of its capacity.

> All movie theatres including multiplexes and those inside shopping malls can allow only 50% of its seating capacity.

> Indoor stadiums can admit a maximum of 200 persons for social, political, educational, entertainment, sports and cultural programs.

> Only 100 people allowed at wedding ceremonies, and 50 at funeral related events

> Sporting events allowed without audiences

> Sports training alone is allowed in swimming pools.

> Exhibition halls shall be permitted only for business to business purpose

> Religious spaces can allow devotees to worship until 8 pm, as already being practised. However, these places of worship cannot conduct religious festivals or congregations.

> Shooting of small screen productions and films can continue with established precautions. Organisers must ensure that RT-PCR tests are conducted on those involved in the shooting and that they are vaccinated.

> Only three passengers allowed other than the driver in rented vehicles

> Only two passenger other than driver in autorickshaws allowed

> E-registration will continue for all those entering the state from other places.

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