TN extends Covid lockdown; bars entry to all beaches on New Year

The Tamil Nadu state government has announced extension of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions till December 31 in view of the upcoming festival season, and looming threat of COVID new variant, Omicron.

As per the reports, to further prevent the spread of the virus during New Year celebrations, people will also not be allowed to enter beaches across the State on December 31 and January 1, 2022.

This decision came after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin held a meeting to review the COViD-19 situation in the State.

As of now, the state has decided to go ahead to extend the lockdown based on the Union government’s guidelines, as per a statement issued by the state government. Further, those found violating the COVID protocols, a penalty will be imposed on them, the statement added.

Reports have it that the existing ban on social, political, and cultural activities will also continue till December 31, while function halls and swimming pools will be permitted to function.

To contain the spread of the new variant of COVID, the test-track-vaccinate strategy will be followed, whereas people will be required to strictly follow COVID-19 appropriate behaviour. District collectors have also been advised to take intensive preventive measures and conduct door-to-door checks in containment zones. (Source TOI)

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