Based on the suggestions of a committee of public health experts, the Tamil Nadu government on Monday (June 15) announced that a complete lockdown would be imposed in Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kanchipuram and Chengalpattu from June 19.
In a statement, the government has said the complete lockdown would be in force until June 30 with following relaxations:
♦ Hospitals can functions round the clock
♦ State and Central government offices can operate with 33 per cent workforce
♦ Staff residing in containment zones need not to come to the office, but should obtain prior permission.
♦ Banks will function only on June 29 and June 30 with 33 per cent workforce
♦ Ration shops will operate from 8 am to 2 pm in all areas, except containment zones, where supplies will be delivered to home.
♦ Shops selling groceries and vegetables can be open between 6 am and 2 pm.
♦ Only takeaways are allowed in hotels between 6 am and 8 pm
♦ Construction works will be allowed only if employers provide a place for workers to stay on the premises. Workers in Chennai should take the RTPCR test.
Also, the government has prohibited the running of auto rickshaws and call taxis. In the four districts, all the ration cardholders will get a relief of ₹1,000 and workers in the unorganised sector will also be paid ₹1,000.
Meanwhile, DMK chief MK Stalin held a press meet through video conferencing. He raised five questions related to containment plans, community spread, the performance of committees formed by the state, the refusal of suggestions from opposition parties and the revival of the economy.
Stalin said the party would move court if the government failed to answer his questions within a couple of days.