As TN moves from level 1 to 2, govt announces more restrictions

From tomorrow, provisional stores, vegetable and fruit shops and petrol/diesel pumps in Tamil Nadu would be allowed to function only between 6 am and 2.30 pm during the COVID-19 lockdown period.

However, “medical shops and restaurants (only takeaway) would continue to function through the day”, an official release from the government said.

Petrol bunks will function only between 6 am and 2.30 pm., However, the exclusive bunks for government vehicles and 108 ambulances will continue to function round the clock.

All grocery and vegetable shops, including Koyambedu market in Chennai, should be kept open only between 6 am and 2.30 pm. However, eateries (only takeaways) and medical shops can function throughout the day.

The announcement came minutes after state chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami visited the covid-19 control room on the fifth floor of the Directorate of Medical Services on Anna Salai.

“The state is moving from level 1 to level 2. So, far all infected patients have a travel or contact history. To stop the spread, we have to ensure we follow social distancing. Everyone must stay home,” he said.

As part of consolidating efforts against the spread of COVID-19 in the State, Chief Minister Palaniswami directed that newly recruited medical staff should join the service within three days of receiving their appointment orders.

An official release said the Chief Minister had directed that 1,508 lab technicians, 530 doctors and 1,000 nurses, who were newly recruited in accordance with rules through the Medical Recruitment Board, should report to duty within three days after receiving appointment orders.

According to a statement from Chief Minister on Friday, trucks arriving at wholesale markets like Koyambedu from other States should unload the goods between 6 pm and 6 am everyday.

Delivery services like Swiggy, Zomato and Uber Eats may deliver breakfast from 7 am to 9:30 am, lunch from 12 noon to 2:30 pm and dinner from 7 pm to 9 pm. Identity cards must be obtained for the delivery executives from the police through the concerned organisations.