Chennai lockdown extension: grocery stores can deliver home orders
While grocery stores were urged to remain closed from May 24, in a new set of guidelines, the Chennai Corporation allowed these stores to deliver door-to-door orders from May 31 to June 7.
Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu will see a full 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, including grocery stores and vegetable shops closed, 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 with regard to groceries.
- Both large and small grocery stores will be allowed to deliver door-to-door orders via carts and push vehicles, on demand by phone, apps and 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 uniforms and carry identification with them whenever possible. Home delivery services should be performed through the side or rear doors whenever possible.
- The data with the phone numbers of stores offering such home delivery will be uploaded by area to the Greater Chennai Corpoation website and app.
- Action will be taken against stores and customers who engage in direct selling and buying.
- Freight vehicles will be allowed to move freely between Rice / Dhal / Oil Mills / warehouses and other districts to wholesale markets in accordance with existing standards.
- Vehicles used to move Koyambedu and Kothavalachavadi wholesale grocery markets to distribution points / retail stores will be allowed to operate from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Banners and stickers will be donated by Greater Chennai Corporation for these vehicles in the offices of the parish / offices of the area itself.
The Tamil Nadu government on Saturday issued orders on what activities would 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 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Petrol and diesel pumps and LPG supply are allowed.
Food packages from hotels, restaurants and bakeries, etc. will be authorized between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. and between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. All e-commerce delivery entities will be permitted to work during these periods.
Other e-commerce services will be permitted from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wholesale vegetable and flower markets 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 responsible for 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 who may be permitted to travel with identity cards issued by their organization.
Banks, insurance companies, RBI regulated financial markets, entities such as NPCI, CCIL, payment system operators, clearing houses and autonomous primary traders are permitted with one third of their staff. ATMs and related banking services are also permitted.
SEBI and the capital 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 houses, retirement homes and places of safety for minors are allowed to carry identity 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 manufacturing essential products for the fight against COVID-19 will be allowed to operate. However, industries that have been licensed to operate must arrange to vaccinate all of their employees within one month.
Hotels / lodges designated as COVID care hospitals, centers and hotels and lodges housing health professionals are allowed to operate. The workers of these places will be authorized with identity cards issued by the hospital authority which took possession of the hotel / lodge.
Volunteers and caregivers who donate food etc. disabled people, elderly people, etc. will be allowed to travel with electronic registrations.
E records will continue to be in effect to monitor passenger flights and trains coming to Chennai and other parts of TN from overseas and other states.
Intra-district travel from Chennai is only allowed with electronic registrations, which will only be issued for emergency medical reasons and for final funeral rites, etc.