Strict Lockdown imposed in the Jurisdiction of Madurai Corporation limits which also includes Paravai Town Panchayat and rural blocks of Madurai East, Madurai west, and Thiruparankundram from 23 of June to end of June 2020.
The complete lockdown was imposed in Chennai, Chengalpet, Tiruvallur, and Kancheepuram district earlier after the state records the highest single-day spike of 2710 Coronavirus cases Madurai also included part of the lockdown. Tamilnadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami already mentioned about the lockdown may be implemented in few other districts.
Shops to be open from 6 am to 2 pm and people will be allowed to buy essential items. However, there will be a complete lockdown in on Sunday. Health, Medical Labs, pharmaceutical shops, Ambulance and Hearse vehicle services, and allied medical activities will be permitted. Residents of these areas are not allowed to travel long distances for buying essential commodities as well. Instead, the authority has requested people to avoid the use of vehicles for this purpose and instead buy from shops located within 1.5 kilometers from their residences.
Autos, Taxis, and private vehicles will not be permitted unless in case of medical emergencies. Prepaid Auto Taxis and private vehicles will be permitted to ferry passengers to railway stations and airports. E-Pass issued to the passengers by the TNeGA would suffice this cause. departments involved in essential services like Health and Family welfare department, Police Department, Revenue and Disaster Management Department, Electricity Treasury Department, Aavin, Local Bodies, Drinking Water supply department and Labour Welfare Department and co-operative.
Residents will need a Madurai travel e pass in case they plan to travel from the areas and districts under lockdown to other districts. Besides medical emergencies, people can apply for travel e pass in Tamil Nadu (Madurai) for attending a funeral or wedding. However, applicants will need to submit appropriate documents.
Madurai becomes the 5th district in Tamil Nadu after Chennai, Kancheepuram, Chengalpet and Thiruvallur to go under lockdown. As per the release issued by Chief Secretary K Shanmugam, only essential services will be permitted during the lockdown.
Banks will work with attendance not exceeding 33 per cent of the total staff on June 29 and June 30. ATM’s, related banking services and transport will function as usual. From June 24 to June 26, the bank branches with minimal staff will function from 10 am to 2 pm for cash transactions relating to distributors and retail dealers of essential items viz petroleum products and LPG.