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Tamil Nadu: A complete lockdown will come into effect from May 10

CHENNAI: Chief Minister MK Stalin today announced that a full lockdown will be in place in Tamil Nadu for two weeks from May 10, with the aim of intensifying measures to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

In a statement, the Chief Minister said that during the full lockdown period, state government offices will not function except essential services like secretariat, health, revenue, disaster management, police, home guard, fire and rescue services, prisons department, district administration, electricity, drinking water supply treasuries etc.

This restriction will also apply to central government offices too. All private offices, enterprises, IT, IT-enabled services will not function along with factories (except those exempted) will not function. These offices can adopt work from home mode.

Beauty parlours, haircutting saloons, spas will also not function during the full lockdown period. As already announced, grocery shops, vegetable shops, shops selling meat and fish will be allowed to open till 12 noon without air conditioning.

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E-commerce enterprises will be allowed to deliver groceries, vegetables, meat and fish till 12 noon. All other shops will remain closed during the full lockdown period.

The Chief Minister announced that all TASMAC shops would remain closed during the full lockdown period while only take away services would be allowed from restaurants/hotels/mess and tea shops with the latter functioning only till 12 noon.

Recreation clubs, bars, auditoriums, entertainment/amusement parks, meeting halls will also not function. The bar on retail trading at Koyambedu wholesale market will continue and similar restriction will be in force at the district level wholesale markets which sell fruits and vegetables.

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