The decision comes ahead of the Pongal festival when new movies are slated for release and at a time when new coronavirus
clusters – star hotels, IIT-Madras - are cropping up.
The government’s decision came days after actor Vijay's meeting Tamil Nadu
Chief Minister K Palaniswami and it was reported that the actor made a request to allow 100 per cent occupancy in the theatres. Vijay’s movie 'Master' is set for release during Pongal.
On Monday, 838 new Covid-19 cases were reported in Tamil Nadu. Of these, 229 were from Chennai. Across the state, 60,174 persons were tested on Monday, 985 patients were discharged and 10 new deaths were reported.
As on January 4, the total number of Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu stood at 821,550. While 801,414 people have been cured and discharged, 12,166 people have died due to Covid-19 in the state so far.
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