In view of the rising number of COVID-19 positive cases in the State capital, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Monday announced a further 12-day ‘complete lockdown’ in Chennai and certain parts of Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts between June 19 and 30. Certain essential supplies and services will be allowed to function.
A complete lockdown will be imposed in Chennai, Chengalpattu, Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram for 12 days.
Certain relaxations will be provided for essential services. Hospitals, testing centres, labs and medical-related activities will remain functioning.
Flight and train services will remain operational as per protocol. However, rental cabs and autorickshaws will not be allowed to ply for the period except for emergency cases. The authorities have appealed people not to commute using vehicles and also to buy essential items from shops within a 2 km radius.
Palaniswami’s announcement followed recommendations by medical experts and a Cabinet meeting earlier in the day. He said that on June 21 and 28 (Sundays), the shutdown will be complete, except for milk supply and access to medical facilities.
Provision and grocery stores and petrol bunks would be allowed to function between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. by maintaining physical distancing norms.
“The general public are advised to buy essential supplies without using their vehicles and from stores that are located within 2 km from their residences, the Chief Minister said.
Banks with 33% of staff would be allowed to operate on June 29 and 30 alone. ATMs and related banking services and transport would function as usual. Though autorickshaw, taxi and private vehicles would not be allowed during the complete lockdown, they would be allowed if used for essential medical requirements.
Hotel and restaurants can function from 6 am to 8 pm but only takeaway services will be allowed. Tea shops will also not be permitted to open. Amma canteens and community kitchens will continue to remain open.
Permission will be granted to caretakers of the ill, differently-abled as well as the elderly to commute in these districts.