Amid the Coronavirus chaos in India, the cases are dismally increasing by the day and finally, the entire nation is now in a state of complete lockdown for the next 21 days until April 15th, as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday night.
The cases of positive Coronavirus patients in India have reached to 562, so far, and to contain the outbreak, it is necessary for all of us to stay indoors and practise social distancing as much as possible.
However, as soon as PM Modi made the announcement for a 21-day lockdown, people started panic buying and rushed towards ration shops, despite him telling the nation that the supply of essential commodities wouldn't be hampered in any way.
So, here are the government guidelines about what will be operational during the lockdown and what will remain shut:
What Remains Closed:
-All transport movement has been suspended by the government which includes flights, trains, and roadways.
-Almost all government offices are shut barring a few exceptions.
-All commercial and private establishments.
-Restaurants, Hotels, and all other Hospitality establishments.
-All schools and colleges.
-All temples, gurudwaras and other religious congregations.
-All social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious events.
What Remains Operational?
-All Banks, Insurance offices and ATM's will be working.
-There wouldn't be any shortage of water and power supply as these services will be ongoing during the lockdown.
-All medical establishments will be running as usual including manufacturing and distribution units pertaining to the requirement of these establishments.
-This includes such as dispensaries, chemists, labs, clinics, nursing homes, and ambulances.
-Transport for medical personnel.
-Ration shops, fruits and vegetable shops, and dairy booths along with meat shops will also keep open.
-Home delivery of food, medicines and medical equipment.
-During this period the print and electronic media, internet, broadcasting, and cable services will also remain open.
-Petrol pumps, LPG, petroleum and gas retail, storage outlets
-All manufacturing units of essential commodities.
-In funerals, only a close gathering of twenty people will be allowed.
-All emergency services, such as the fire department and security services.
A List Of Penalties –
-All people who have an International travel history and have arrived in India after 15 February are directed to stay at home. In case of a breach, you can end up in jail for six months.
-Punishment for obstruction of duty- Up to two years in jail or a hefty fine.
-Punishment for the false claim- Up to two years in jail and a fine.
-Punishment for false alarm- Up to one year in jail or with fine.
PM Modi also took to Twitter saying, “By converging around shops, you are risking the spread of COVID-19. No panic buying, please. Please stay indoors. I repeat- Centre and State Governments will ensure all essentials are available.”
By converging around shops, you are risking the spread of COVID-19.
No panic buying please.
Please stay indoors.
I repeat- Centre and State Governments will ensure all essentials are available. https://t.co/bX00az1h7l
The novel Coronavirus has claimed over 18,000 lives, so far and to contain the pandemic, our government has decided to lockdown the entire nation for twenty one days.
Not only our country, but many countries across the globe are on lockdown to fight COVID-19.