The Tamil Nadu government on Saturday, has announced a full lockdown in the state for two weeks to control the spread of COVID-19. The lockdown will come into effect at 4 am on May 10 and will be in force till 4 am on May 24.
Tamil Nadu recorded 26,465 new Covid-19 cases in the biggest single-day spike so far on Friday, pushing the caseload to 13,23,965 while a record 197 deaths in the last 24 hours took the toll to 15,171. Chennai accounted for 6,738 new infections, totalling 3,77,042 till date.
According to the lockdown guidelines, shops selling grocery, vegetables, meat and fish will function from 6 am till 12 pm.
Restaurants are allowed to stay open only for takeaway services. But the Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation Limited (TASMAC) shops have been ordered to remain closed.
All non-essential services in state department will remain shut.
Restrictions on cinemas, multiplexes, theatres, gyms, recreation clubs, bars, auditoriums, meeting halls, and other similar places shall continue.
Meanwhile, Secretariat, health, revenue, disaster management, police, fire service, prison departments, local administration, EB, PWD, social welfare, forests department have been asked to function normally.