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Nationwide Lockdown - All you need to know

As our State went into lockdown on Mar.24, 6 pm, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a nationwide lockdown for 21 days on Mar.24 effective from midnight. The state government invoked Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code and Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 to impose curbs. District borders are sealed and only trucks carrying essential commodities and healthcare personnel are being allowed. Essentials services like medical shops, grocery stores, vegetable markets, milk vendors and meat shops will function, provided they follow the social distancing norms.

Home quarantine by the Greater Chennai Corporation

Home Quarantine Sticker

The Chennai Corporation have pasted poster sized stickers outside 3000 houses as on Mar.24 as indication of quarantine watch.

“The HOME QUARANTINE stickers mean that the residents have returned from abroad and they are quarantining themselves inside their homes. People should stop spreading fake news that they are COVID-19 positive,” stated the Corporation. In the past days, many such stickers containing the address of the quarantined people were circulated online, stating that they are COVID-19 positive.

The corporation is advising the public to refrain from sharing such unverified information.

Announcements by Corporation

The Chennai Corporation has announced that e-commerce companies will be allowed to home deliver essentials like rations and groceries if they strictly follow protocols of contactless delivery. On Mar.26, G.Prakash, Commissioner Greater Chennai Corporation said that the delivery employees must wear protective gear such as masks, gloves and caps, and Sanitary Inspectors and health department officials will be checking the same. He also added that delivery and distribution of cooked food by any company and NGO is banned. Tea shops are to be closed by 6 pm.

Shop timings

The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has restricted the working hours of vegetables and fruits shops, grocery stores, meat and fish stalls, to 6 am to 2.30 pm. Petrol bunks will be operated from 6 am to 2.30 pm.

The government has allowed food delivery services - Swiggy, Zomato and Uber eats to operate between 7 am - 9.30 am; 12 noon - 2.30 pm and 6pm – 9 pm.

Amma canteens

Amma canteens will be open throughout the lockdown while following the social distancing norms. Corporation workers have marked divider lines in most of Amma Canteens to ensure that people stand a metre apart.

Details of AMMA Unavagam in your zone & area http://www.chennaicorporation.gov.in/amma_unavagam

24/7 control room

A 24/7 Chennai's coronavirus control room by Chennai Corporation is available for residents to enquire about symptoms, report quarantine violators.

The control room is equipped with a staff – team of doctors and engineers working on a rotational basis. The control room can be contacted at 2538 4520 or whatsapp to 9445477205.

To help the needy

This 21-day lockdown has affected the income of daily labourers and has left many underprivileged, homeless and disabled without access to essential items. The corporation is raising a relief fund to assist the needy people. The transfers can be made online or through cheque.

Bank details for online transfers:

Name of Account Holder: THE COMMISSIONER,


Account Number : 000901126630



MICR Number : 600229003

IFSC Code : ICIC0000009

Supplies such as rice, dal and other cooking essentials, masks, soaps, sanitizers and disinfectants can be dropped off at two collection centers.

  1. J J Indoor Stadium Playground St, Kilpauk Garden Colony, Kilpauk, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600102

  2. Amma Arangam, 11th St, Kumaran Nagar, A Block, Annanagar East, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600030

If you can volunteer your time (undertaking all necessary safety precautions), you may also register with the Chennai Corporation at – http://www.chennaicorporation.gov.in/relief_2016

Call for Volunteers

Interested Volunteers- doctors, paramedics and public can register themselves on https://t.co/OZpFudcmZh or call 46274449.Registered volunteers will be contacted based on local requirements.

Camps for migrant workers

Migrant workers, who were stranded here owing to lack of transportation are given shelter at Government schools around the city. There are 17 such camps in Chennai and GCC is screening them and providing them with 3 meals a day.

Public assistance

If the public is facing any issues or has any important queries, they can call their respective Zones or RDCs and get it resolved.

Hospital for treating COVID-19

Chennai gets its exclusive hospital for treating COVID-19 patients, at Tamilnadu Government Multi Super Speciality Hospital at Omandurar Government Estate, Chennai. “This 500 bedded hospital is equipped with an isolation ward, step down ward, ventilators and efficient medical team,” announced Dr.C.Vijayabaskar, Minister of Health and Family Welfare.

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