A one week full lockdown without any relaxations came into force in Tamil Nadu from Monday to tackle the ongoing second wave of Covid-19 in the state.
The total lockdown was announced by Chief Minister M K Stalin on Saturday after holding discussions with medical experts and an all party committee of representatives.
The state government permitted the opening of all shops on Saturday and Sunday to enable the public to stock up on essentials and other requirements.
Roads wore a deserted look across the state as all shops including vegetable and grocery shops were closed. However, essential services like pharmacies,petrol bunks and milk supply among others were allowed to operate.
Checkposts and barricades were put up on all major roads and all flyovers were shut. Only those with valid e-registration passes for medical care and funerals were allowed to travel. Around 20,000 police personnel were put on duty in hotspot Chennai alone to enforce the lockdown.
The state horticulture department made arrangements for the sale of vegetables and fruits through mobile vehicles in coordination with local bodies. Over 4000 such vehicles were put on the roads in Chennai to supply essentials to far flung areas.
Essential central and state government departments and banks have been allowed to function with limited strength. E-Commerce services including food delivery have been allowed to function during certain hours.
Media, continuous process industries and units manufacturing essentials and medical equipment have been allowed to operate as per previous lockdown norms.