Complete lockdown in Chennai from June 19

CHENNAI, JUN 15 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 6/15/2020 1:25:55 PM IST

Just days after claiming that the state government had no plans to announce another lockdown in the state, the Tamil Nadu government has declared that Chennai and parts of Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram and Thiruvallur districts will go under complete lockdown from June 19 to June 30. 

Grocery shops, vegetable shops, petrol bunks, and mobile markets can remain open between 6.00 am and 2.00 pm. People driving to the market in their private vehicles will be allowed to travel only within 2 kms from their house.

The blanket ban will mean that only essential services and travel for medical emergencies will be permitted in the four districts. 

Under the National Disaster Management Act of 2005, starting from the midnight of June 19, the lockdown will continue for 12 days until the end of this month. 

This decision comes after Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami consulted a panel of medical experts regarding the current situation in Chennai and its neighbouring districts which has seen a growing number of COVID-19 cases deaths over the last month. Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar while talking to the media last week had admitted that a lockdown will be announced if the expert panel recommends it. 

While the areas under the limits of Greater Chennai city police limits in all four districts will be covered under this lockdown, Thiruvallur municipality, Gummidipoondi, Ponneri, minjur, Poonamallee, Eekadu and Cholavaram in Thiruvallur district will also be covered under the lockdown. In Chengalpattu district, Chengalpattu and Maraimalai Nagar towns, Nandivaram, Guduvancheri and Kattankulathur areas will be locked down. In Kancheepuram, only the areas that fall under the limits of the Greater Chennai City police will fall under the new lockdown norms. 

Speaking to the media the expert panel stated that they had told the state government that further restrictions were required to control the spread of the virus.

E-passes will be provided for those people requesting to travel out of Chennai only for events like weddings, deaths and medical emergencies. 

For those coming to these four districts from outside the state through air, trains and ships, the present norms will be applicable.

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