The Tamil Nadu Government, which had completely banned home supply of food by online services like Swiggy, relaxed the rules on Friday night specifying two-hour periods for breakfast, lunch and dinner to ease the hardship faced by people who are locked down at home in view of virtual curfew imposed till April 14 as part of the battle against the Covid19 virus.
In a statement after inaugurating a 350-bed at the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital a central control, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamis aid the food chains could home deliver breakfast between 7 and 9.30 in the morning, lunch between noon till 2.30 p.m. and dinner between 7 and 9 in the night.
He also announced that restaurants would be allowed to function, but they could serve only takeaways.
The Chief Minister said trucks carrying vegetables to the wholesale markets in Koyambedu in Chennai s would be allowed to run only from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
He said grocery shops would be allowed to be kept open only till 2.30 p.m.
He also said pharmacies would be allowed to function as usual.
To restrict movement of vehicles, he said petrol pumps would be kept open only from 6 in the morning till 2.30 in the afternoon to the public. However, they would be kept open for 24 yours for government vehicles.
He said those who had come abroad after Feb 15 should be in self-quarantine, he said.
To avoid crowding, the Government even capped the number of people who could attend a funeral to 20.