Chief Minister MK Stalin said that the lockdown needed to be imposed in the state due to "unavoidable reasons".
The Tamil Nadu government announced a two-week lockdown in the state from May 10 to May 24 to curb the rising COVID-19 cases in the state. The lockdown will come into effect from 4 am on May 10 and will remain in force till 4 am on May 24.
Chief Minister MK Stalin said that the lockdown needed to be imposed in the state due to "unavoidable reasons". He said that the decision was taken based on a review meeting with District Collectors and medical experts that he had on Friday, May 7.
Stalin has deputed 22 ministers from his cabinet of 33, to oversee COVID-related restrictions in various districts and pockets of the state.
All shops will remain open from 6 am to 9 pm during the weekend on May 8 and May 9 to allow people to get household items before the lockdown comes into effect.
The government has also pressed 200 buses into essential transportation services, while public transport including state-run buses, auto-rickshaws and metro rail services remain suspended through the coming fortnight.
Here's what's allowed and what's not:
All Grocery, fish and meat shops to stay open from 6 am to 12 noon.
Restaurants will only be allowed takeaway services during this restricted period.
The Secretariat, health, revenue, disaster management, police, fire service, prison departments, local administration, EB, PWD, social welfare and forest departments will continue to function normally.
Continuous process industries permitted to function
Banks and courts to operate. Banks to operate at 50 percent capacity.
Those travelling for essential work like wedding, death, interview or exams shall produce proof to be allowed permission to proceed
What's not allowed
Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation Limited (TASMAC) shops and all shops selling non-essential goods will remain shut.
Cinemas, multiplexes, theatres, gyms, recreation clubs, bars, auditoriums, salons, beauty parlours, and meeting halls will remain closed.
All entertainment and amusement parks will also remain shut.
Beaches and tourist attractions in the hilly locations of Udhagamandalam and Kodaikanal will be out of bounds for people.
All private offices and companies and IT and ITES firms to remain close.
Inter and intra-district public and private bus services will be suspended.