Tamil Nadu Government announced reopening of schools and colleges from Nov 16, on Saturday. Classes from 9 and above will commence with all the COVID-19 safety norms. State government also gave green signal to Theatres, Zoos, amusement, entertainment parks and museums. They will begin to operate from November 10. Theatres will run following the strict guideline of 50per cent occupancy.
Tamil Nadu Reopen: Parent’s mixed reactions
On reopening of Schools and colleges, parents gave mixed reactions. Many parents looked worried about sending their children to school, but some are approving of this.
C G Balamurugan, father of a Class XII student said, “Board exams are not yet conducted. My daughter is confused about the syllabus whether it will get shortened or the dates will extend. Nobody knows when things will go normal”.
“It would be a relief for students. We have an idea of conducting classes in this miserable period. We can split the class into two and on the same day 50% students can have online classes and 50% offline classes. This will help in bringing down the transmission probability and maintaining proper social distancing”. N Vijayan, principal of Zion Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Tambaram, said. Schools have requested the government to publish details of excluded chapters for state board students.
Coronavirus stats in Tamil Nadu:
Tamil Nadu is on number 4 in the list of highest number of Coronavirus cases, from number 3 until last month. One spot slip in the national COVID-19 tally and slower infection rate, and down to less than 7.30% is a good sign. In the last seven days data, less than 3,000 people are shown infected. Patient count is down to 25,000 from 50,000.
On Friday, the state reported 2,608 new COVID-19 cases, taking the numbers to 7.22 lakh, while 38 more casualties shoved the number of deaths to 11,091.
Chief Minister, Mr. Palaniswami said that the lockdown was decided to remain till November 30. “But the government has decided to further relax the lockdown regulations to give a fillip to the economy”.
Other Reliefs Announced by the Government :
Koyambedu Wholesale fruit market will run from November 2 and the government decides to operate retail selling of fruits and vegetables in three phases from November 16.
A maximum of 150 persons can participate in films and teleserials shoot. No outsiders would be able to watch it. At most 100 people can be invited in marriage functions, funerals, religious gatherings, recreational, social or political events. This number was previously 50.
Gyms can now allow people up to the age of 60 years for workouts, which earlier was 50 , as per the instructions issued by government. This resolution has given relief to gym owners.
No International Flight services will operate. Only Union ministry allowed routes will continue functioning as it was doing previously.
People who want to pay a visit to Tamil Nadu from other States, except Puducherry can follow the E-registration process. The same will be ensued for Tourists spots such as Udagamandalam, Kodaikanal and Yercaud. Rail services will recommence according to the central government’s decision.
However, there has been no moderation provided in the rules and regulations in the containment zones. Swimming pools, beaches, tourist spots and other places where there is possibility of large gatherings are still in prohibited areas.