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CHENNAI: After a gap of nearly five months, the city’s spirit was revived on Tuesday with Tasmac reopening its liquor stores. Though the crowds were moderate, many were found not to be following the social distancing norms despite barricades being placed. The shops in north Chennai’s Old Washermenpet, Tondiarpet areas had moderate crowds up to 1 pm while those in South and Central Chennai areas witnessed crowds only till 10 am.

The customers stood in queues inside the barricades placed while in some outlets, cops were placed to keep a watch at the crowd.The TASMAC staff across various outlets in the city said they had sold only upto 100 to 150 tokens till 1 pm. In stray incidents, few women protesters in Ekkatuthangal and Anna Nagar areas staged protests against opening of the TASMAC shops during the Covid-19 pandemic. Police officials had to jump in the spot to pacify the protestors.

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