Tamil Nadu government on Friday issued an order permitting IT/ITeS companies to work with 50% of staff at office premises within Chennai police limits. The order also states that 90% of those employees must commute to work in company-arranged common transport vehicles. 

The order, issued by the Revenue and Disaster Management Department, stipulates, "IT/ITeS companies are permitted to work with 50% of employee strength on their work premises, subject to the condition that 90% of the employees going to work shall use company arranged common transport facilities". Having said that, IT/ITeS companies have been instructed to also allow their employees to work from home as has been the condition for the state since the nationwide lockdown was imposed, the order additionally stated. 

It is to be noted that the Tamil Nadu government after representations from IT/ITeS sector allowed companies within the Greater Chennai Corporation police limits to operate with up to 10% of employees at their offices. Initially, when relaxations were announced for working hours in effect from July 5, the state had granted permission to IT/ITeS companies to carry out operations from their offices with 50% employees, which were to not be more than 80 people. 

There has been a significant drop in the number of coronavirus cases in the Chennai district over the past four days as the cases count per day has not exceeded more than 1,300 persons. Today saw 1,205 new cases recorded taking the city's overall count to 74,969 cases. Chennai city alone currently has 18,616 active cases and continues to be the worst-affected district in Tamil Nadu.

The state government on Friday issued a statement to the press that there were 3,680 new positive COVID-19 infection cases recorded on Friday taking the total number of cases in TN to 1,30,261. Among the total number of patients, 46,105 are said to be active cases in the state currently.