TN tightens curfew- Shops to be open only until 10 am

The Government of Tamil Nadu has on Friday announced that the state will come under a stringent lockdown from May 15.

While there is already an imposition of total curfew in the state, the government has taken this decision as per the National Disaster Management Act. While many states including Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi are facing a rapid surge in the COVID cases and deaths, Tamil Nadu is no exception to it.

As for the data on May 13, the number of cases in Tamil Nadu is 1.83 lakhs. It is noteworthy that a complete curfew is already in place here from May 10 until May 24. In this situation, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu had on May 13 convened an all-party meeting with the leaders of the legislative assembly of all the parties.

Resolutions were brought forth in the meeting that there is a need for intensifying the restrictions of the curfew to bring the surge into control. Accordingly, the CM conducted a consultation meeting with top officials and medical experts on Friday. In a press release issued by Chief Minister Stalin, it was announced that the restrictions are furthered and the following new set of rules will come to effect across the state from 4 am on May 15 until 4 am on May 24.

New Restrictions All the shops including grocery stores, vegetable shops, meat and fish shops that were earlier permitted to be open until 12 noon are now reduced to 10 am. These shops can be open from 6 am to 10 am without air conditioning and should allow 50% of the customers at a time. All other shops except the above said are not permitted to be open.

e-Commerce services like Dunzo which deliver groceries, vegetables and meat are allowed from 6 am to 10 am. ATM, petrol bunks, medical shops(allopathy and alternative medicines) are free to function as usual. The platform vendors who were earlier given permission to function until 12 noon are now barred. Roadside shops selling flowers, vegetables and the like will not be permitted from tomorrow.

Tea shops that were earlier allowed until 12 noon are now banned from opening. E-commerce services are allowed from 2 pm to 6 pm As fish and meat shops were overcrowded, Chennai Corporation and the District Collectors have been asked to take action and relocate these shops to be more spread out. Night curfew between 10 pm to 4 am, which is already in place, will continue, along with complete lockdown on Sundays, till May 23.

E-Registration System E-registration is mandatory for those who travel from other states and countries to Tamil Nadu. Travelling within and outside districts to essential occasions such as weddings, deaths and elderly care require compulsory e-registration. The e-registration system will come into effect on May17 from 6 am onwards.

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