Tamil Nadu

COVID-19: Tamil Nadu district borders to be sealed, prohibitory orders from 6 pm tomorrow

The move has been announced a day after the Janata Curfew that saw streets deserted in Chennai

The move has been announced a day after the Janata Curfew that saw streets deserted in Chennai   | Photo Credit: S.R. Raghunathan

All shops and commercial establishments will remain closed until March 31 except for pharmacies and shops selling milk, vegetables, provisions, meat and fish

In an all-out effort to battle COVID-19, Tamil Nadu will face a lockdown from 6 p.m. on Tuesday to 6 a.m. on April 1, with prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC in place and all district borders closed. The State invoked provisions of Section 2 of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 to impose the restrictions.

The Puducherry Cabinet too recommended a lockdown from 9 p.m. on Monday to March 31.


The lockdown announced by Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami in the Assembly was followed by a detailed notification from Chief Secretary K. Shanmugam in the evening. “People are required to stay at home and come out only for accessing basic and essential services, strictly follow social distancing norms and maintain a distance of 1m or 3 feet. Any congregation of more than five persons in public places is prohibited,” he said.

The Chief Minister said all shops and commercial establishments would remain closed except those selling provisions, milk, vegetables, meat and fish. Pharmacies too were exempt. He said that the Centre had sent out an advisory to combat COVID-19 in many districts of the country.

Except essential transport services, public and private transport, omnibuses, autos and taxis would not be allowed to ply. “All transportation, except for essential commute (and transportation of goods), between States and districts has been banned,” he said. There is no bar on the use of personal vehicles.

Mr. Palaniswami said that government offices, other than those dealing with essential services, would not function.

The Chief Minister announced that Amma Unavagams would continue to feed thousands of workers. Only takeaway would be allowed in restaurants but delivery services like Swiggy and Zomato would not operate.

“We hope that this detailed notification will help control the spread of coronavirus. Police has been instructed to ensure that the prohibitive orders are implemented. We are seeking people’s full cooperation,” the Chief Secretary told The Hindu.

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