Chennai: People across five high-risk municipalities in Tamil Nadu were on Saturday seen filling up the streets to stock up for the complete lockdown from Sunday, violating all social distancing norms that are in place to curb the Coronavirus spread. Also Read - Everything We Know About B.1.617 Covid Variant Which is Affecting Children in Singapore

Folloiwng which, Chief Minister K Palaniswami announced that essential shops will remain open till 3 PM today.  In another attempt to curb the panic-buying, the govenment later announced that that grocery shops can sell vegetables alone all through intensified lockdown, a report by News18 said. Also Read - Can You Get Both COVID-19 And Black Fungus Together? Here's What We Know

With the risk of coronavirus spreading further in densely populated cities, Palaniswami had Friday ordered total lockdown in Chennai, Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Salem and Madurai. Also Read - Kangana Ranaut Shares Her Covid-19 Journey Despite Being Asked To Not Offend 'Covid Fan Clubs'

The decision was taken after Palaniswami chaired a review meeting on the coronavirus spread in the state on Friday. DMK President M.K.Stalin had also requested the state government to extend the shop timings on Saturday so that people can buy the needed items.

Palaniswami said in Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai the lockdown will be implemented strictly between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. from April 26-29.

He said in the case of Tiruppur and Salem the lockdown will be between 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. from April 26-28. According to him, sanitisation of containment zones will be done twice a day in the state.

He said only work from home is permitted for software companies and other private companies should not function in these five districts.

(With agency inputs)