Tamil Nadu government has extended time to buy essentials till 3 pm on Saturday
The Tamil Nadu government has extended time to buy essentials till 3 pm on Saturday due to panic buying as certain districts will go under complete lockdown for four days starting April 26.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Friday announced a complete shutdown beginning Sunday in Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai for four days, disallowing grocery shops as well and fully curtailing the movement of the public.
Also, Salem and Tirupur in western Tamil Nadu will be shut similarly, albeit for three days from April 26 and Palaniswami assured people that vegetables and fruits shall reach their doorsteps via mobile outlets.
"To vend vegetables and fruits, only mobile outlets shall be allowed," the Chief Minister said.
The government had already made mobile outlets (mini trucks and tri-cycles) selling vegetables and fruits operational in urban regions and Palaniswami had the time and again appealed to people to buy food staples for at least a week and eliminate the need to visit local markets every day.
Following a review meeting on the COVID-19 scenario in the State, Palaniswami said public health and medical experts have opined that imposing further restrictions in urban regions alone will help prevent the spread of contagion.