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TN Allows Public Meets, Cultural Events With 50% Capacity From Dec 19

Mumbai: Tamil Nadu government has allowed the public to hold political and public meetings, religious gatherings, sports, and cultural events with a maximum of 50% capacity in open places from December 19.

In particular, December is a period of high activity in Chennai, during which many cultural events are held.

However, the organizers would have to seek prior permission from the district administration and corporation officials to hold such meetings. In Tamil Nadu, section 144 which prohibited the gathering of more than five persons in public places was in force till the end of October.

The novel coronavirus pandemic is, among other things, prohibited in all forms of public ceremonies. The Tamil Nadu government had allowed more than 16 rebates with a maximum of 100 participants in cultural, social, religious, educational, political, and general programs. The cinema theater was allowed to reopen with 50% seating and other restrictions.

Meanwhile, it has been announced that devotees within the ancient Sri Parthasarathy Swamy temple in Chennai will not be allowed to open the Paramapathavasal gates due to the Koraman epidemic in the early hours of 25 December.

The opening of the ‘heavenly’ gate during Vaikuntha Ekadashi, an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Vishnu during the 8th-century temple at Margashirsha (December-January), attracts millions of devotees, many of whom visit the temple overnight.

(With PTI Inputs)

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