While grocery stores have been urged to remain closed from May 24, in a new set of guidelines, the Chennai Corporation has allowed these stores to deliver home orders from May 31 to June 7.
Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu will experience a total lockdown for another week, until 6 a.m. on June 7 as part of the state government’s efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. While the total lockdown, which began on May 24, saw all stores closed, including grocery stores and vegetable shops, the state government allowed push carts to sell vegetables and produce. ‘grocery.
The Greater Chennai Corporation on Saturday ordered relaxations on the sale of groceries and vegetables. Here is what is allowed in terms of groceries.
- Large and small grocery stores will be allowed to deliver home via carts and vehicles, on demand by phone, apps, websites. This includes apps like Dunzo, Supr Daily, Big Basket, Licious, Dunzo, Tendercuts, Fipola etc. who can take orders from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Delivery vehicles will receive passes and stickers from the Greater Chennai Corporation and delivery people should also wear a uniform and have ID with them where possible. Home delivery services should be performed through side or back doors whenever possible.
- The data with the phone numbers of stores offering such home delivery will be uploaded by area to the website and app of the Greater Chennai Corpoation.
- Action will be taken against stores and customers engaged in direct selling and buying.
- Goods vehicles will be allowed to move freely from rice / Dhal / oil mills / warehouses and other districts to wholesale markets in accordance with applicable standards.
- Vehicles used for moving from wholesale grocery markets in Koyambedu and Kothavalachavadi to distribution points / retail stores must be allowed to operate from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Banners and stickers will be provided by the Greater Chennai Corporation for these vehicles at the neighborhood offices / area offices themselves.
The Tamil Nadu government on Saturday issued orders on what activities will be allowed during the lockdown from 6 a.m. on May 31 to 6 a.m. on June 7.
What is allowed
Medical stores, native medical stores, veterinary pharmacies and pet food stores will be permitted.
The supply of milk, newspapers and water will be permitted
PDS stores are authorized to operate from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Petrol and diesel pumps and the supply of LPG are permitted.
Food packages from hotels, restaurants and bakeries, etc. will be authorized between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. All e-commerce delivery entities will be allowed to work during these times.
Other e-commerce services will be permitted from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wholesale markets for vegetables, fruits and flowers are allowed to operate.
Rail, airport and port operations are authorized
All activities related to essential services such as electricity, water supply, sanitation, telecommunications, postal services.
Print and electronic media are permitted
Government offices dealing with essential services will be allowed to operate with the required staff
Medical services, including the blood bank, will be allowed to operate
Emergency Travel Visa Facilitation Centers are permitted to operate with a minimum staff that can be authorized to travel with identity cards issued by their organization.
Banks, insurance companies, financial markets regulated by the RBI, entities such as NPCIs, CCIL, payment system operators, clearing houses and autonomous master resellers will be licensed with a third of their staff. ATMs and related banking facilities are also permitted.
SEBI and the financial debt markets notified by SEBI will be allowed to operate.
Nursing homes for children, the elderly, the disabled, etc. are allowed.
People working in observation homes, nursing homes and juvenile safety places must be authorized with ID cards or electronic registration.
Agriculture and related activities, including the transport of agricultural products, are permitted
All activities related to breeding are authorized.
Cargo handling, including cold storage and warehousing services at ports, airports, stations, container depots and associated services, will remain open.
All goods, vehicles and transportation of essential products are permitted. Movement, loading, unloading, etc. both interstate and interstate cargo is permitted.
People traveling from their homes to airports, train stations, etc. will be authorized with their ID, travel tickets, electronic travel registration, etc.
Continuous processing industries and industries producing commodities essential to the fight against COVID-19 will be allowed to operate. However, industries that have been licensed to operate must make arrangements to vaccinate all of their employees within one month.
Hotels / lodges designated as COVID care hospitals, centers and hotels and lodges housing health professionals will be allowed to operate. The workers of these places must be authorized with identity cards issued by the hospital authority which took possession of the hotel / accommodation.
Volunteers and caregivers who donate food, etc. disabled people, elderly people, etc. will be allowed to travel with electronic registrations.
Electronic registrations will continue to be in effect to monitor passengers on flights and trains arriving in Chennai and other parts of the TN from overseas and other states.
Intra-district travel from Chennai is only allowed with electronic records, which will only be issued for emergency medical reasons and for funerals, last rites, etc.