COVID-19: Tamil Nadu notifies lockdown till 01-04-2020

Health and Family Welfare (P1) Department, Government of Tamil Nadu vide a Notification dated 23rd March 2020 imposes restrictions in the state of Tamil Nadu from 6 p.m. of 24th March 2020 to 6 a.m. of 1st April 2020 for prevention and control of COVID-19 disease. During this time-

  1. All suspected cases and foreign returnees who arrived after 1st March 2020, are directed to remain under strict home quarantine.
  2. 3People are required to stay at home and come out only for accessing basic and essential services by ensuring 1-meter social distancing norms.
  3. Any gathering of more than 5 persons in public places is prohibited.
  4. All shops, commercial establishments, TASMAC shops, shall close their operations. However, there is a long list of establishments who are exempted from these restrictions. Some of them are-
  5. Hospitals, Dispensaries, Clinics, Chemist shops, Optical stores, Pharmaceuticals, medical equipment manufacturing/service units, health related manufacturing units including mask and sanitation material manufacturing units and their transportation related activities.
  6. Food including Rice, Pulses, Edible oil, Spices and condiments, Processed food, Groceries, Milk, Bread, Fruit, Vegetable, Meat, Eggs, Fish, Rice and other essential and perishable products and their transportation related activities and warehousing.
  7. Dairy, Poultry feed, fodder, fodder units & Milk Booths.
  8. Banks & ATM
  9. Press and Media offices and establishments
  10. IT and ITES units will ensure employees work from home. If it not feasible to do so, units dealing with critical and essential services will continue to operate taking all protective measures.
  11. Restaurants, Eateries, Kitchens – only take away.
  12. In tea shop no gathering is allowed.
  13. Petrol Pumps, LPG Gas and Bottling plants, Oil Agencies, Petroleum & Gas Stations.
  14. Depositories, Stock Brokers and SEBI Registered Participants.
  15. E-Commerce, Pharmaceutical and other essentials
  16. Home delivery of food items through aggregators like Swiggy, Zomato, Uber eats are prohibited.
  17. Agriculture and Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries related shops and markets.
  18. Security Services.
  19. Food industry and factory where immediate shutting down would disrupt the on-going process.
  20. All industries permitted to operate shall work at 50% of their strength on rotation basis.
  21. Transport arrangements made by the IT, ITES, industries and establishments to transport their employees from home and drop.
  22. All Goods Carriers (trucks, tempos, container trailers etc.)
  23. Taxis to and from airport, hospitals to home.
  24. Vehicles / Cabs owned or contracted by the companies under exempted categories for transportation of staff.
  25. All Government Offices, autonomous bodies, Public Sector Undertakings, shall close except- secretariat, labour and employment department, Police, Prohibition and Excise, Home Guards, Fire & Rescue Services, Prisons and Social Defence Homes, Courts, District administration, Electricity Boards, post office, Public Works Department, Metro Water (TWAD Board), Water Supply, Sewerage and Municipal Services, hospitals, Regional Transport Offices, Aavin and Milk Unions, Amma Canteen, Railways, Airports, Doordarshan, All India Radio and any other media etc.
  26. Public transport services including operation of private buses, stage/contract carriages, State Transport Undertakings, Metro services, taxis, share-autos, auto-rickshaws and ride sharing services including air-conditioned bus services of State Transport Corporation and private operators will not be permitted.
  27. All Inter-State and inter-district services shall not be operated.
  28. All teachers and staff of all educational institutions shall work from home till 31.3.2020 except, where conduct of examinations/evaluation is required. This restriction is not applicable to medical college and universities.

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