Tamil Nadu extends lockdown for two more weeks, no public worship on Fridays and weekends

Medical colleges will function from August 16, while schools will reopen for Classes 9-12 from September 1

Published: 06th August 2021 06:50 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th August 2021 06:50 PM   |  A+A-

A passenger who arrived from Kerala gets her samples collected for a Covid test, at the Central railway station in Chennai on Thursday | Martin Louis

Express News Service

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Friday extended the lockdown in Tamil Nadu for two more weeks till August 23.

The important restriction for the next two weeks will be the barring of public worship at religious places on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

An important relaxation is the reopening of schools from September 1 for Classes 9-12 with 50 percent attendance at a time.

The Chief Minister, in a statement here, said medical colleges and nurses training institutes can function from August 16. The Health Department will release detailed Standard Operating Procedures for this soon. The Chief Minister also said students of medical colleges, teachers and medical professionals have been vaccinated already.

The Chief Minister said the decision to open schools for Classes 9-12 has been taken considering the view of experts that closing of schools for many months had caused a huge depression among children. Further, most of the students did not have access to the online classes being conducted.


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