Tamil Nadu Chennai Coronavirus News August 17, 18 Highlights: Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation Limited (TASMAC) outlets in Chennai are all set to reopen from today. The shops will be allowed to operate from 10 am to 7 pm from Monday to Saturday. Sales will be limited to 500 customers a day, with 500 tokens to be distributed everyday at each outlet.
TASMAC outlets present inside malls and containment zones will continue to remain closed. Customers will have to adhere to social distancing norms and wear a mask while making their purchases. The outlets will remain closed on Sundays.
DMK president M K Stalin on Monday urged the Tamil Nadu government not to open TASMAC retail liquor outlets in Chennai from August 18, saying it would lead to further spread of coronavirus.
Opening liquor shops again was like clearing a “big way” for the spread of the virus in the state capital, he alleged in a Facebook post. Stalin alleged that TASMAC shops in the rest of Tamil Nadu had a “big role” in increasing the spread of the virus.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu reported 120 deaths due to Covid-19 on Monday, the highest spike in a single day till date. The total number of fatalities have reached 5,886. As many as 5,890 persons tested positive on Monday, taking the total number of cases to 3,43,945.