The Tamil Nadu government today announced night curfew from tomorrow and also enforced a shutdown on Sundays to fight against the rising Covid cases. The night curfew timing are 10 pm to 5 am.
People will not be allowed at places of worship on Friday, Saturday and Sundays. Also, no restaurants, malls, or shops will be allowed to open during this time.
There will also be a total lockdown on January 9. There will be no public transport available and also no metros will be in service. Restaurant takeaways will be allowed between 7 am and 10 pm. No food delivery will be allowed after this time, the new rules said.
A maximum of 100 people, it said, have been allowed for weddings and 50 for funerals.
Manufacturing factories and IT companies have been allowed to function, while Work From Home in encouraged, it said.
In addition, all public and private Pongal cultural celebrations have been deferred.
Collectors have been asked to ensure the shifting of fish and vegetable markets to avoid overcrowding. However, walking on beaches is allowed, it said.
Except medical colleges, all other colleges, technical institutes have been shut, said the government.
Only 50 per cent occupancy will be allowed in buses and trains and metros. All entertainment and amusement parks will be shut.
Both Goa and Punjab have also imposed night curfews and suspended school classes as Covid cases continue their northward journey.
The country has reported 58,097 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, 55 per cent higher than yesterday’s 37,379 cases. This is twice the number seen only four days ago, sending alarm bells ringing across the states.
India reported some 9,000 cases on December 28, so the count has now gone up more than six times in just nine days. Another big worry is the Omicron variant – Maharashtra leads with 653 cases, followed by Delhi with 464 cases.