In the wake of rising COVID cases in the country, and in line with other states, the Tamil Nadu state government has also now announced reintroduction of COVID-related restrictions. As per the latest reports, permission for only 50 per cent seating capacity will be allowed in cinemas, whereas there will be a ban on select activities effective April 10.

The government advised and urged all those who are above 45 years of age to get vaccinated within two weeks to help prevent the spread of the virus. They should either get the vaccine jabs in government or recognised private facilities.

Further gatherings in festivals and religious events would be prohibited, whereas prayers in all places of worship can be conducted by adhering to all COVID norms like social distancing, wearing face masks, and which shall be permitted only upto 8 PM.

Tamil Nadu announces COVID-19 restrictions to prevent the spread of virus

Reportedly, e-registration rule would also remain in place to monitor those arriving in TN from abroad and other states to Tamil Nadu.

As regarding the RT-PCR test, as of now, you will not require to undergo that test to travel to Chennai or any other inter-district travel within Tamil Nadu. However, the e-pass system will continue like before for international and inter-state passengers.

While announcing the guidelines, the government stated that the reason behind the rise in cases in some districts have been because of events, functions, meetings, and most importantly, non-compliance of COVID-19 protocols, such as not maintaining adequate social distance, not wearing masks, among others.