TN govt. impose complete lockdown in Chennai, 3 more districts from June 19

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Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami announced the 12-day complete lockdown following discussion in the cabinet on Monday, June 15, and as per recommendations by public health and medical experts, said a Hindu report.

Barring milk supply and medical facilities no other outlets will be allowed to be opened on on June 21 and 28 (Sundays).  

On other days, provision and grocery stores and petrol bunks would be allowed to function between 6 am and 2 pm by maintaining physical distancing norms,” he said and added that mobile units selling vegetables and fruits would continue to operate during this window.

“The general public are advised to buy essential supplies without using vehicles and from stores that are located within 2 km from their residences,” Palaniswami said.

Government offices will function with 33 percent employees during this period. However, state secretariat, health, police, revenue, electricity, treasuries, Aavin, local bodies, labour, cooperation and food departments can function with sufficient number of employees.

Central government offices will be allowed to function with 33 percent employees. However, a sufficient number of employees will be allowed for departments which carry out essential services.The employees from containment zones need not come to the office, according to a report in the New Indian Express.

Banks will be allowed to function with 33 percent employees on June 29 and 30. ATMs will be allowed to function as usual. Ration shops will function between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Relief assistance will be delivered to people at their doorsteps.

People are advised not to use their vehicles to buy essential commodities. Instead, they should walk to the nearby shops within two kilometres to buy the commodities. Tea shops will not function. However, restaurants can function only for takeaways between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Home delivery of food items from restaurants is allowed.

E-passes will be given for going to other districts only for three reasons - marriages, medical emergencies and deaths.

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