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Guidelines for Tamilnadu during the lockdown





Based on decisions taken by the Council of Ministers on May 2, 2020, our Chief Minister Edappadi Palanichamy has issued the following guidelines.


Lockdown has been extended from May 4 to midnight of May 17, 2020. The containment zone will continue with the same restrictions without any relaxation.



The following activities are permitted in areas under the control of Greater Chennai Police :


  • Construction activities in urban areas have been limited to in-situ construction.

  • Construction activities by the Government offices or Public sector and road laying are allowed

  • SEZ, EOU & Export Units: On inspection by Corporation Commissioner or the Collector, the organisation can function with 25% workers (20 persons maximum). Commuting has to be in vehicles provided by the employer.

  • (IT & ITeS): the organisation can function with 10% of workers (20 persons maximum). Commuting has to be in vehicles provided by the employer.

  • Shops selling essential goods can be open from 6 am to 5 pm.

  • E-Commerce platforms for essential services and goods will continue with their usual routine

  • Food outlets can be open from 6 am to 9 pm for parcel service only.

  • Standalone and neighbourhood shops (excepting barbershops and beauty clinics), shops selling hardware, cement, and building materials, electrical goods and sanitaryware, mobile phones, computers, home essentials, specs, electric motors, and repair service centres can be open from 11 am to 5 pm.

  • Skilled workers like Plumber, electrician, AC mechanic, Home Care Providers and domestic servants should get the necessary permission from the Collector or the Corporation Commissioner.


In other parts of TamilNadu not under the control of Greater Chennai Police, the following activities are permitted:


  • All industries other than the textile industry, outside the Corporation limits, can start production with 50% workers (20 persons maximum).

  • Cities with a population greater than 15,000 can open their textile units (with 50% workers) based on the permission from the Collector.

  • SEZ, EOU, industrial estates can start production with 50% of workers. Industrial estates in cities are not permitted to operate textiles.

  • Export agencies in the city can work with 50% of workers with permission from the District Collector.

  • Hardware Manufacturers can work with 50% of workers

  • Spinning mills in villages can work with 50% of workers, ensuring sufficient distancing between workers.

  • Collectors can permit exporters to design leather and textiles to work with 30% of workers.

  • (IT & ITeS): the organisation can function with 50% of workers (20 persons maximum).

  • Construction activities in cities where workers stay on-site are permitted. Permission will be granted to transport the workers once.

  • Construction activities by the Government offices or Public sector and road laying are allowed

  • Skilled workers like Plumber, electrician, AC mechanic, Home Care Providers, and domestic servants should get the necessary permission from the Collector or the Corporation Commissioner.

  • Shops selling hardware, cement, and building materials, electrical goods, and sanitaryware can be open from 9 am to 5 pm. No restriction in transporting materials

  • Shops selling mobile phones, computers, home essentials, specs, electric motors, and repair service centers can be open from 10 am to 5 pm.

  • All stand-alone shops in villages can be open from 9 am to 5 pm.

  • E-Commerce platforms for essential services and goods will continue with their usual routine. Food outlets can be open from 6 am to 9 pm for parcel service only.

  • Except Malls and Market Complexes in Corporations, all small shops can be open if the Collector permits.

GENERAL :


Central and State Government offices will continue to work with 30% of workers.


The existing restrictions and working conditions for the following will continue till further announcements:


  • Schools, Colleges, Training and research institutes

  • Places of worship and spiritual gatherings

  • Cinema halls, recreation clubs, gyms, liquor shops, beaches, parks, zoos, museums, swimming pools, museums, playgrounds, and meeting halls.

  • All types of religious, social, education, cultural meetings, conferences, and parades, processions

  • Airlines, Trains, and buses for public transport

  • Taxis, autos, and rickshaws

  • Metro rail and inter-state buses and other modes of public travel

  • Hotels, resorts, and lodges

  • Not more than 20 people in a funeral procession

  • Weddings will follow the existing protocols


Corporation officials and Collectors are requested to follow the above and give the required permissions and licenses and facilitate operating of industries from May 6th. The State Government is monitoring the status of the pandemic and will relax rules as and when the situation improves.


The Public is requested to cooperate with the Government by following the precautions and maintaining social distancing.


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