Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy on Thursday announced extension of the prohibitory orders April 14 when the 21-day lockdown announced by Prime MinisterNarendra Modi is set to end.
Earlier the State Government said the ban order would be in force till March 31.
He said provisions stores would be allowed to function from 9 a.m, to noon and the groceries could be home delivered.
To ensure uninterrupted supply of essentials, a committee of nine IAS officers had been set up to monitor the situation.
The Chief Minister said ban on food distribution by online service providers like Swiggy would continue.
HE said transport or essentials, including cattle, fish, chicken and egos would be allowed.
To avoid crowding of market places, vegetable and shops should be spaced out and buyers should also maintain the one metre distance. He said these markets could be relocated in cricket grounds.
He said Government hospitals had been directed to stock up medicines upto two months to treat pregnant women and the diabetic and TV and HIV patients.
He said banks, financial institutions and women self-groups had been banned from collecting interests on loans given.
Meanwhile Health Minister C Vijayabhaskar had reported five more Covid19 cases in the State, taking the total to 27.The new patients were four Thai nationals, and their Chennai guide besides a man from Tiruchi who had returned from Dubai.
He said the new patients were in quarantine in Salem Government General Hospital and they tested positive.
Earlier on Tuesday night, Vijayabhaskar warned those who had returned from abroad in the last one month and were self-quarantine that their passports would be impounded if they came out of their homes.
One man died in Madurai after contracting Covid19.
It was a 54-year-old man from Madurai who took four Thai nationals on their visits to local mosques, the Minister said and denied it was a case of community transmission .
Nearly 500 are under treatment in Government hospitals across the State.
Tamil Nadu reported its first case on March 7, a construction engineer from Kancheepuram who reported positive upon return from Doha, Qater. He has since been treated and discharged.
No one has any precise figure of how many are under home quarantine. While imposing prohibhitory orders under Sec 144 of the Cr.P. C, the Government said close to 10,000 were under home quarantine all over the State.