Chennai | Jagran News Desk: Day after the Centre issued guidelines for the phase-wise upliftment of the lockdown, the Tamil Nadu government has decided to extend the lockdown in the state till June 30, saying the curbs on religious places, inter-state bus transport, metro and suburban rails would continue.

The Tamil Nadu government also said that the all the districts in the state will be divided into eight zones. 

The state government, however, said that more relaxations will be given during the fifth phase of the lockdown, allowing public transport to resume with reduced services from June 1 while adding that private stage carriers will be allowed to operate on authorised routes.

However, public transportation will be restricted in seven zones of Kanchipuram, Chengalpattu and Thiruvallur district and eight zones of Chennai, said the state government while adding that e-pass is not necessary for movement within the zones and for traveling in public transport within the zones. 

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However, e-pass will be required for interstate travel and to travel to Chennai, Kanchipuram, Thiruvallur, and Chengalpattu.

"To prevent the spread of coronavirus, the curfew is being extended till June 30 under the State Disaster Management Act and as per the Union Home Ministry's notification," Palaniswami said in a statement, as reported by news agency PTI.

Palaniswami-led Tamil Nadu government also said that IT companies and IT-enabled services in the state will be allowed to function with 20 per cent of employees (maximum 40 persons).

It also said that all shopping centers and complex except malls can function with 50 per cent manpower but only five customers will be allowed to shop.

Tamil Nadu is one of the worst affected state in India by the highly contagious virus. According to the latest information available at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the dreadful infection has affected over 20,000 people and claimed the lives of over 150 in Tamil Nadu. Meanwhile, more than 11,000 have been cured and discharged from hospitals.

The Central government Saturday evening released guidelines for the phase-wise upliftment of the coronavirus lockdown in the country.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma