All you need to know about Chennai lockdown from June 19
More than 70 per cent of Tamil Nadu's 44,661 coronavirus cases are from Chennai and upon discussion with the experts, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Edappadi Palaniswami announced that the metro city and some adjoining areas will go under a strict lockdown from June 19 to 30. Here is the full list of guidelines.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Monday announced a 12-day complete lockdown in Chennai and certain parts of Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts between June 19 and 30. However, the government allowed essential services to function.
This decision came after the state was unable to control the spiralling number of COVID-19 cases, with more than 70 per cent of Tamil Nadu's 44,661 cases from Chennai, where the infection is raging in urban slums.
Tamil Nadu has the second highest number of cases -- second only to Maharashtra -- and the spike has continued despite several restrictions by the state government.
Palaniswami’s announcement followed recommendations by public health and medical experts and a discussion in the Cabinet meeting held this afternoon. He said that on June 21 and 28 (Sundays) no relaxations would be offered. Only milk supply and access to medical facilities will be available on those two days.
Guidelines for the 12-day Chennai lockdown:
- Provision and grocery stores would be allowed to function between 6 AM and 2 PM.
- Mobile units selling vegetables and fruits would continue to operate.
- No taxis, autos and private transport will be allowed to run except for emergencies.
- People will have to buy essential items from within a 2 km radius.
- Only the hospitals, laboratory and pharmacies will be allowed to function.
- Banks will be allowed to operate with 33 per cent staff only on June 29 and 30.
- Essential services including shops selling milk, vegetables and fruits, mobile outlets, groceries will be open.
- Petrol pumps will be allowed to run between 6 am and 4 pm.
- Restaurants and eateries could operate only for takeaway services, but delivery should be between 6 AM and 8 PM.
- Food delivery services like Swiggy and Zomato are allowed to operate and those employees involved should get necessary ID card from their employers.
- Amma Canteens would continue to function and so would the community kitchens run by local bodies for destitutes.
- Quarantine rules for incoming passengers from other states or abroad will remain the same and cargo movement will be uninterrupted.
- Media houses and courts too could function.
- Construction activities will be allowed if workers are available on site.
- Only those who produce necessary documents for leaving Chennai for other districts for weddings, medical treatment, funerals would be granted necessary e-passes.
- Central government offices and some departments of the State government would function with only 33% staff, while those living in containment zones need not report for work and needed to take prior permission from authorities in this regard.