Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government has announced further relaxation in 27 districts of the state including Chennai Corporation after the reduction in the number of fresh cases and active cases of Covid-19 in the state. Chief Minister M.K. Stalin said in a statement that after consultation with the representatives of different sections of the people, the state government is going to give relaxation in 27 districts of the state including the capital Chennai.
Under the exemption, tea shops are allowed to run from 6 am to 5 pm. From Monday but they are only allowed to offer parcel services and people are not allowed to stand near shops and drink tea.
Criticism of the government’s move
Remember that when the government announced the opening of Tasmac liquor shops from Friday, but did not allow the opening of tea shops, the government’s move was widely criticized.
Blogger M Pugazhendi said, “Thanks to the active youth of our state who came out against the government’s decision to allow liquor shops and stop tea shops from functioning. Eventually the government was forced to allow tea shops to open, even though we are not allowed to sit or stand near these shops and consume alcohol.” He further added, “The government was forced to do so as there was outrage in the state as well as outside the social media posts pointing to discrepancies in allowing liquor shops and preventing tea shops from functioning.”
BJP-PMK to protest
BJP and PMK also condemned the opening of liquor shops from Monday. BJP will protest across the state against the decision to open liquor shops.
While hotels and bakeries are already allowed to function, the state government has now allowed sweet shops to start business from 6 am to 2 pm from Monday.
The offices of construction companies will now start functioning with 50 percent employees. However, these relaxations will not be allowed in 11 districts of Tamil Nadu including seven western districts and 4 districts in the delta region.