Tamil Nadu government has allowed the businesses and industrial workers in the state to travel to Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Puducherry without having to quarantine themselves upon their return to the state. Despite the sharp rise of coronavirus cases in the state and all over the country, they were allowed to come back within 48 hours.
The interstate movement of workers was announced by Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary K Shanmugam without testing and quarantine if they return from the destination within 48 hours. He discussed the matter with all District Collectors and the CEO of Tamil Nadu e-Governance Agency (TNeGA). The agency has been given the responsibility of issuance of travel passes during the pandemic.
As per reports, the TNeGA has been asked to make arrangements for e-passes to help entrepreneurs and industrial workers make quick trips to the neighbouring states for economic activities.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu has mandated COVID-19 testing for all symptomatic visitors from other states. Tamil Nadu has recorded 46,504 positive cases and 479 deaths so far. Another southern state Karnataka has already resumed business travelers from the rigour of quarantine.
In Chennai, the state has declared a total lockdown for the uncontrollable spread of the virus. Thiruvallur, Kancheepuram, Chengalpattu and several other districts are under total lockdown from June 19 to 30. India has recorded 3,43,091 cases of the highly infectious coronavirus with 9,900 deaths so far.