Intensified lockdown restrictions come into effect in TN

Chennai: As the Covid cases continued to be on the surge, the Tamilnadu government last night imposed fresh ‘unavoidable’ restrictions as part of controlling the pandemic.

As per the new decisions, Shops selling provisions, groceries and meat would be allowed to function only from 6 am to 10 am from today as part of intensified Covid-19 lockdown measures that will be in place till 24 May morning.

Shops, vegetables and groceries, earlier allowed to remain open between 6 am and noon are allowed only til 10 am.

Even e-commerce companies, which were allowed to deliver provisions, vegetables and meat, would be allowed to operate only till 10 am.

As part of the new measures announced by Chief Minister M K Stalin on Friday evening, “e-registration” is mandatory for not just entering Tamilnadu from 17 May, but also for inter and intra-district movement including for emergency purposes such as medical treatment, elderly care, attending weddings and funerals of close relatives.

Tea shops would remain closed and platform vendors will not be permitted to carry on business. Earlier street shops dealing with vegetables, flowers and fruits were permitted till noon.

Complete lockdown would be implemented on Sundays. Allopathic and traditional medical stores, ATMs, petrol and diesel bunks would remain open as usual. E-commerce companies would be allowed to operate between 2 pm and 6 pm.

The current ‘night curfew’ between 10 pm and 4 am would remain in force. The general public are requested to buy provisions and vegetables only from shops closer to their houses and not from far-off locations.

Those attempting otherwise would be prevented, Stalin said. He reiterated that people must avoid stepping out unnecessarily and avoid crowding in public places and appealed for cooperation.

The decision to tighten lockdown restrictions was ‘unavoidable’ and taken based on resolutions adopted at the meeting of the legislative party leader chaired by him on Thursday and his meetings with senior officials, medical and public health experts on Friday, Stalin said.


NT Bureau