Tamil Nadu Extends Lockdown For A Week, Without any Leisure
Tamil Nadu chief minister M K Stalin on Saturday declared a total lockdown with no leisure in the state for a week beginning May 24. He made the announcement after holding a meeting with medical experts and the representatives of legislature parties.
In view of the total lockdown, the government has permitted all shops to open till 9pm on Saturday (May 22) and between 6am and 9pm on Sunday (May 23) . All public and private buses will be allowed to ply on Saturday and Sunday. The government has permitted pharmacies, supply of milk, drinking water and newspapers.
Malls will not be allowed during the intense lockdown period.
In Chennai and other districts, the horticulture department in coordination with the local bodies will supply vegetables and fruits through vehicles.
Essential departments like secretariat and other offices in Chennai and other districts will function.
Employees of private establishments, banks, insurance companies, IT/ITES are asked to work from home.
Ecommerce activities will be allowed between 8am and 6pm.
Takeaway service allowed in restaurants between 6am and 10am, noon and 3pm, and 6am and 9pm. Supply via food delivery apps, Swiggy, Zomato will be allowed only in the prescribed time.
Fuel pumps and ATM services will function.
Transportation of agricultural produce and inputs will be allowed.
Freight vehicles and movement of essential commodities will be allowed.
Inter-district movement on medical grounds and deaths will be allowed upon e-registration. Intra-district movement on medical grounds need not register. Media will be allowed.
Continuous process industries, industries manufacturing essential commodities and medical equipment will be permitted as per the previous guidelines