Tamil Nadu announces complete lockdown for two weeks

Tamil Nadu government on Saturday announced a ‘complete lockdown’ for two weeks from May 10 to control the spread of the disease.

According to a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s MK Stalin on Saturday, the lockdown will come into effect at 4 am on May 10 and will be in force till 4 am on May 24.

All shops and establishments are being allowed to stay open from 6 am to 9 pm on May 8 (Saturday) and May 9 (Sunday), it said.

As per the statement, only essential services are allowed to function during lockdown. Shops except those selling grocery, vegetables, meat and fish are banned from operations and are allowed to open only from 6 am till noon.

It stated that TASMAC liquor shops will remain fully shut during the lockdown period.

“Only takeaways and parcel services will be allowed in restaurants. Tea shops are allowed to be open only till 12 noon. Those staying in hotels will have to be served food in their rooms,” the statement said.

It further said that hotels and lodges will be open only for business visitors and for medical reasons and they will not be open to the public.

All events including entertainment, social, political, educational, sports in closed and open-air arenas are banned, said the statement issued by the CMO.

“No state government offices except secretariat, health and family welfare department, revenue department, disaster management, police, home guards, fire and rescue services, prisons, district administration, district trade centres, electricity, water, local body authorities, forest department, treasuries, social welfare and women’s rights departments will function during the lockdown. These restrictions will be in force for the offices of the Union government also,” said the statement.

It also said that beauty salons, spas, saloons are prohibited to function across the state and all recreation clubs, bars, auditoriums, amusement parks, meeting halls are banned from operations.