|Sivakasi closes schools, colleges, theatres till March 31 due to coronavirus|
Sivakasi closes schools, colleges, theatres till March 31 due to coronavirus
The Tamil Nadu government has ordered for the closure of schools, colleges, malls, theaters, amusement parks, pubs, swimming pools, gymnasiums and TASMAC bars all over the State till March 31 amid the coronavirus outbreak gripping the country. CM Palaniswami said these measure would take effect from Tuesday onwards. Due to TN Government order, Sivakasi closes schools, colleges, theatres till March 31.
This announcement comes close on the heels of CM Palaniswami's announcement on Sunday where he called for the closure of several establishments in 16 districts in the State that share their borders with states like Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.
In a statement to the press on Monday, the CM said that while all schools will remain shut, only the board exams and practical exams for class X and XII and entrance exams will take place as scheduled.
He urged people to practice social distancing and avoid crowded places as much as possible. To this effect, he asked citizens to curb attending social functions or even avoid visiting places of worship too till the situation stabilises. The government has also banned public meetings, conferences and processions till 31 March.
He put firm restrictions on places like marriage halls where he said none of these halls should be rented out for any new functions till March 31. He ordered that all tourist resorts in the State should also be shut till March 31 and no advance booking should be accepted till March 31.
The CM said that TN will look at creating quarantine facilities at international airports in Chennai, , Madurai and Tiruchi and that 24-hour helplines too have been set up in TN to deal with queries on the disease.
In a bid to manage panic and stop the spread of false news, the CM said stringent criminal action would be taken against those spreading false information on Coronavirus in the State.
Tamil Nadu has reported one one positive case of COVID-19. It was of a 45-year-old engineer from Kancheepuram who subsequently tested negative and has recovered from the disease.