Tamil Nadu Bans Entry To All Beaches On New Year; Extends COVID-19 Lockdown

by Tania Tarafdar
Tamil Nadu Bans Entry To All Beaches On New Year; Extends COVID-19 Lockdown

Ahead of the winter festive season, Tamil Nadu has issued fresh restrictions in view of the new COVID-19 Omicron variant. The state has banned entry of all to its beaches across December 31, 2021 and January 1, 2022. Tamil Nadu has decided to extend its lockdown and continue to ban social, cultural and political gatherings. Door-to-door campaign check-ups will be carried out in containment zones.

Tamil Nadu Makes 2 Vaccine Doses Or Negative RT-PCR Report Mandatory For People From This State

Issuing new guidelines on interstate travel, the Tamil Nadu government has mandated an RT-PCR test report or a certificate of full vaccination for people arriving in the state from Kerala via all modes of transport, to be effective from August 5, 2021. According to a Republic World report, the fresh guideline reads, “All passengers who are coming from Kerala via Air, Sea, Railway, and Road-routes should either carry negative RT-PCR test report (from an ICMR approved laboratory) for which the test should have been concluded within 72 hours before undertaking the journey or produce a certificate of two doses of approved COVID-19 vaccination or both.” Police will verify the certificates at 13 border check posts.

Liquor Worth ₹164 Crores Sold In Tamil Nadu In Single Day; Highest Sales In Madurai

Just when we thought that we were out of the COVID spell of 2020, the increase in the number of the mutant had forced the Government to impose new curfews and lockdowns. Amid spurt in the novel coronavirus cases, the Tamil Nadu government extended lockdown in the state. The state government had instructed authorities to enforce strict Covid-19 norms to curb virus spread. While all liquor shops and bars in the state were directed to remain shut, they reopened on June 15 and saw a huge demand.

TASMAC Has Sold Liquor Worth ₹164 Crores In A Day

The Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC) has sold liquor worth ₹64 crores in just one day. Can you believe this? According to reports from the TASMAC, the Madurai zone saw the maximum sales of ₹49.54 crores followed by Chennai with sales worth ₹42.96 crores. Salem accounted for ₹38.72 crore sales of liquor and the Trichy region did a business of ₹33.65 crores worth of liquor.

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Liquor Shops In Coimbatore Remain Closed

However, Coimbatore saw no sales as the shops remained closed due to the high number of COVID-19 cases. Shops in Nilgiris, Erode, Salem, Tiruppur, Karur, Namakkal, Thanjavur, Tiruvavur, Nagapattinam, and Myladuthurai also remained closed as the number of cases is high. Looking at the heavy demand, the founder president of Pattali Makkal, Dr. S. Ramadoss called upon the state government and suggested it change its policy on liquor and enforce a total prohibition for the health of the people of the state.

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According to reports, Ramadoss has said in a statement, “Stalin should work his way to enforce total prohibition in the state of Tamil Nadu for the sake of the health of the people of the state, both mental and physical.”