In a huge relief to the trading community as well as residents, collector G S Sameeran said that from Monday, shops can remain open till 10pm. (Image used for representational purpose)
COIMBATORE: Twenty days after the district administration ordered closure of shops by 5pm, the restriction has been removed in the wake of the Covid situation stabilising.
In a huge relief to the trading community as well as residents, collector G S Sameeran said that from Monday, shops can remain open till 10pm. However, Covid guidelines should be strictly followed and the relaxations should not give room for any lethargy in the fight against Covid.
After a meeting with officials to assess the Covid situation, Sameeran also announced that parks and botanical gardens shall be reopened and so can bars in hotels and clubs.
The decision comes in the backdrop of the state government relaxing much of the Covid restrictions, including closure of cinemas. Like other districts, theatres would resume screening of movies with 50% occupancy from Monday. “Theatre managements should ensure that all employees are vaccinated,” a statement from the district administration said.
Swimming pools can function with 50% capacity. Swimmers as well as trainers should be vaccinated.
As schools and colleges are set to reopen from September 1, managements should ensure that their staff are vaccinated.
The administration also retained some of the restrictions. Shops and commercial establishments on Cross Cut Road, 100 Feet Road, Gandhipuram 5, 6 and 7th streets, Oppanakara Street, Ramamoorthy Road, Saramedu Road, Rice Mills Road, Ellaithottam Junction and Thudiyalur Junction shall be closed on Sundays. Pharmacies, vegetable stores and milk booths can function. Tourist spots, parks and museums shall remain closed on Sundays in a bid to avoid crowding.
Restrictions on people entering Coimbatore from other states through airport, railway station and road would remain the same. Travellers should carry certificate of double vaccination or should have taken RT-PCR test showing them as Covid negative. All visitors would be checked for the documents on the Tamil Nadu–Kerala border. The restrictions would be in force till September 6, the statement said.
Coimbatore, meanwhile, reported 198 fresh Covid cases and one death on Sunday.