Written by Janardan Kaushik, Shivani Ramakrishnan
After nearly two and a half months, restaurants in Tamil Nadu reopened to customers on Monday. According to the government-issued SOP, 50 per cent of the total capacity is allowed in the food sector. The hotel has ensured online payment options, thermal screening and hand sanitizers. Since air conditioners are not allowed, the restaurant has placed pedestal fans and opted for more open ventilation.
Customers with no masks are not allowed inside, while workers are instructed to wear gloves and take orders at an arm’s length from the customer.
The seating arrangement is such that a distance of at least one square-meter is maintained between each table. Frequent touching points, such as door handles, tables and chairs, are often cleaned.
In some popular restaurants in Chennai, menu cards have been discontinued. On Monday, only limited items were available due to the absence of workers from other states who specialized in Chinese cuisine and other non-native dishes.
Speaking to Indianexpress.com, Tamil Nadu Hotels Association secretary, Madurai Srinivasan said that he was relieved that the hotels had been reopened.
“Service industries are very much dependent on the day to day activities of the people. Lockdown has a serious impact on our business. We are confident that the hotels have reopened. Footfall has reduced today, but we know that it will take at least six months for things to return to normal. Families go to restaurants to spend quality time together. Under the current scenario, it is not possible for them to sit together, and hence this section will not be seen anytime soon, ”he said.
Hotels in Tamil Nadu are allowed to function from 6 am to 8 pm. Srinivasan said that he has requested the government to increase it by two more hours to 10 pm.
Places of worship remain closed
Even though the Ministry of Home Affairs on Monday allowed the opening of places of worship across India, Tamil Nadu, temples, mosques and gurdwaras remained closed throughout Tamil Nadu and today in the absence of SOPs by the Tamil Nadu government to reopen religious sites in the state Also remained closed. .
TN government to initiate action against S. Varadarajan
Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijayabaskar said on Monday that the government would initiate action against former newswriter and drama artist S. Varadharajan for spreading “misinformation about lack of beds for COVID-19 treatment in Chennai” .
Varadarajan claimed in a video that one of his close associates had fever and was suffering from shortness of breath. When they contacted both private and government hospitals for her treatment, none of them were ready to accept her. “They told us not to bring the patient to the hospital and that they cannot provide treatment. We also tried to contact the government secretaries, owners of some of the largest hospitals in Chennai, but none of them were able to help us. He openly admitted that there was a shortage of beds in hospitals. Don’t take things a bit, please stay home and be safe, “he said.
The video went viral on social media with many accusing the government and private hospitals of not being transparent about the number of beds available. Minister Vijaybaskar denied the allegations and said that action would be taken against the persons involved in spreading false news under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897.
“There are 5000 beds in government hospitals in Chennai and adequate number of beds in other COVID care centers. In the event of this epidemic, people should not spread misinformation. We are all working hard against an unknown enemy, ”he said.
Meanwhile, Tamil Sethi Wasipalar Sangam (Tamil News Anchors Association) condemned Vijayabaskar’s press meet.
48 flights to Chennai International Airport
A total of 48 flights operated between Chennai and major cities on Monday.
Today there were 24 arrivals and 24 departures at Chennai International Airport. The first flight to Chennai was a flight from Hyderabad which reached the city at 7.30 am, while the last flight to Chennai would go down from New Delhi at 11.20 am.
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The first flight to fly from Chennai to New Delhi departed from Chennai International Airport at 6.55 am, while the last flight for today would leave Chennai for New Delhi at 9.30 pm.
More than 3,800 positive cases in Royapuram
Royapuram (Zone 5) in Chennai has the highest number of coronovirus cases in the city with 3859 cases reported in the zone till 8 am on Monday. According to data released by the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC), Royapuram has the highest number of cases while Manali (Zone 2) has the lowest number of cases in the city.
There is a zonal-wise break-up of positive cases in Chennai till 8 am on Friday:
- Tiruvottiyur (Region 1) – 813
- Manali (Zone 2) – 328
- Madhavaram (Zone 3) – 614
- Tondiarpet (Zone 4) – 2835
- Royapuram (Zone 5) – 3859
- Tiru-v-ka Nagar (Zone 6) – 2167
- Ambattur (Zone 7) – 807
- Anna Nagar (Zone 8) – 1974
- Tenampet (Zone 9) – 2518
- Kodambakkam (Zone 10) – 2431
- Valsaravakkam (Zone 11) – 1054
- Alandur (Zone 12) – 400
- Adyar (Zone 13) – 1274
- Perungudi (Region 14) – 415
- Sholinganallur (Zone 15) – 390
1,562 fresh COVID-19 cases were reported in Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu reported another high on Monday with 1,562 COVID-19 cases, taking it to 33,229. The total cases included 42 returns from other countries and states. On Monday, 17 people (14 with co-morbidities and three with no co-morbidities) succumbed to the infection, taking the death toll to 286. A total of 528 people were discharged after receiving total treatment. 17,527. The state still has 15,413 active cases.
In Chennai, 1,149 individuals tested positive for COVID-19, with the state capital registering 23,298 cases so far. Apart from Chennai, fresh cases were reported in Chengalpattu (134), Thiruvallur (57), Vellore (32), Thoothukudi (26), Kanchipuram (18), Thiruvannamalai (11), Dindigul (9), Kallukurichi (9), Kanyakumari . (7), Sivagangai (7), Cuddalore (7), Ramanathapuram (6), Ranipet (6), Madurai (5), Nagapattinam (5), Thanjavur (4), Virudhunagar (4), Villupuram (3), Tirunelveli (3), Thiruvarur (3), Tenkasi (3), Salem (3), Pudukottai (3), Theni (2), Erode (2), Ariyalur (1), Dharmapuri (1).
A total of 1,55,897 passengers have entered Tamil Nadu through various modes of travel and 1,868 of them have tested positive.