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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Sunday announced the extension of coronavirus-induced lockdown in the state till September 30, but with several relaxations including the scrapping of Sunday lockdown, e-pass system for the inter-district journey and others.

In a statement issued here, Palaniswami said the lockdown has been extended based on the feedback given by the District Collectors, public health and medical experts.

He said the restrictions will continue to be applicable in Covid-19 containment zones.

The fresh relaxations that would be effective from are:

-The scrapping of e-pass system for inter-district travel. However, for those coming from other states and overseas by train/air e-pass is compulsory.

-Places of worship to be open for the public.

-Operating of public transport.

-Resumption of metro rail services from Sept 7.

-Opening of showrooms and stores with a full staff.

-Shops, hotels to remain open till 8 p.m.

-Companies including IT organisations can function with 100 per cent staff.

-Hotels, resorts, recreation clubs, gyms, parks, stadia to be opened.

-All government offices, banks and others to work with 100 per cent staff strength.

-Resumption of movie shooting with 75 persons.

-Resumption of inter-state train services and an increase in the number of domestic flights arrival to 50.

The Chief Minister also said all educational and research institutions will continue to be closed.

Similarly, theatres, amusement parks, swimming pools, zoo, museums and places where people would congregate in large numbers will continue to be closed.

He, however, added that the ban on processions will continue.

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