TN government announces one week of tightened lockdown
A street in Chennai, on May 10, 2021, during the lockdown imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19.IANS

TN government announces one week of tightened lockdown

Chennai, May 22, 2021

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. K. Stalin on Saturday announced the extension of the lockdown for a week starting from May 24, further tightening some of the relaxations to break the chain of transmission of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement issued here after a meeting of lawmakers belonging to all parties, Stalin said the current lockdown will be extended from May 24 early morning for a week.

According to him, the following services are exempted from the lockdown from May 24:

-Pharmacies -- allopathy, traditional medicines and veterinary

-Milk/water/newspaper supplies

-Vegetables and fruits to be supplied by horticulture department through vehicles to people here and in districts

-Essential departments at the State Secretariat and District Headquarters

-Employees in private sector, banks, insurance companies are requested to work from home

-E-Commerce companies can function between 8 a.m and 6 p.m.

-Only takeaways from hotels/restaurants can function from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. 12 noon to 3 p.m and 6 p.m to 9 p.m. Food delivery companies like Swiggy and Zomato can deliver only during the above period

-Fuel outlets will function

-ATM services will be allowed

-Trucks carrying agricultural produce, farm inputs and essential items will be allowed

-Inter-district travel for medical reasons and death allowed with e-registration

-Intra-district travel for medical reasons are allowed without e-registration

-Media allowed to function

-Continuous process industries and industries manufacturing essential commodities and medical equipments are allowed to operate

However the government is silent on the operation of grocery and provision shops during the lockdown.

The government has allowed to keep all shops open till 9 p.m. on Saturday and between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Sunday as the lockdown kicks in on Monday early morning.

Buses to outstation destinations will be allowed to ply on May 22 and 23 to enable people to travel.

Earlier, speaking at the meeting of law-makers here, Stalin said that medical and healthcare experts had suggested two weeks complete lockdown without any relaxations to bring down the Covid-19 infection numbers.

He said that the infection rate has come down but still not under control.

Listing out the various measures taken by the government to augment the oxygen supply for Covid-19 patients, Stalin said that people are roaming on the streets as if it was a normal holiday.

IANS

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