Chennai, Mar 23 (GCCurrentAffairs) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today announced a series of tough restrictive measures to combat spread of coronavirus in the State from 1800 hrs tomorrow to March 31, that included closing of all district borders and clamping of prohibitory orders.
Announcing this in the State Assembly, Mr Palaniswami, who reviewed the situation after the Centre notified three districts of the State (Chennai, Erode and Kancheepuram) to lockdown, he said no public, private transport, including autos and taxis will ply.
While ordering closure of all district borders, he said there would be no inter-district, inter-state transport operations, except during emergencies.
Mr Palaniswami also directed all the district collectors and city police commissioners to pass appropriate orders under Sec 144 of CrPc to strictly implement the measures taken by the government.
All shops in the state would be shut during this period, while exempting groceries, milk, vegetables, poultry, fish shops.
He also said only Collectorates, Police department, fire services, electricity, water, prisons, health, judiciary and local bodies will function, while other government offices would be closed.
He also asked the private and IT firms to ask its employees to work from home.While hospitals will function, companies involved in production of essentials and exports would operate with minimal workforce and
all construction works, except those for emergencies, would also be stopped. But workers must be paid wages during this period.
He said hotels would be allowed to operate only for delivery of parcels, while all Amma Unavagams (subsidised canteens) run by the Greater Chennai Corporation will continue to function.
He said the government was also considering awarding compensation to those families affected by the corona preventive measures.