Standalone shops open in Chennai amid lockdown

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Chennai: Tea stalls, cloth stores, hardware stores and other standalone shops have resumed operations in Chennai amid coronavirus lockdown.

Standalone and neighbourhood shops can function from 10:30 AM to 6 PM here, according to a state government directive. The Tamil Nadu government on Saturday announced major relaxations during the lockdown which coming into effect from Monday onwards.

Earlier yesterday, the state government released a list of standalone shops that have been permitted to open even as the coronavirus lockdown continues.

The list includes – tea shops, bakeries, restaurants (only takeaways), groceries, construction material outlets, hardware shops, mobile shops, electrical shops, electronics/computer shops, photocopy units, paint shops, automobile spare part shops, furniture outlets, roadside carts, dry cleaning units, nurseries, courier and parcel units, plywood and sawmills, two and four-wheeler sale and service, non-AC small jewellery shops, non-AC textile shops (only in rural areas).

At the same time, the government has said that no barber-shops or beauty parlours will be allowed to open.
Disinfection of the shops, social distancing and wearing of masks will be mandatory for customers and shop staff.

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