Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin today permitted all places of worship to open on all days of the week. He also announced that playschools, kindergarten schools, and anganwadis in the state would be allowed to open from November 1.
On August 6, the state had imposed weekend restrictions on places of worship. Stalin's announcement came a week after the Opposition, led by BJP, carried out state-wide protests against the weekend curbs. BJP's state chief K Annamalai had called the restrictions as a sign of the ruling party, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), imposing their "atheist ideology".
The government decided to ease COVID-19 restrictions in the state after a discussion with public health experts yesterday.