Stay Calm, Essential Services Will Continue Despite the 21 Days Lockdown

By First Posted: Mar 25, 2020 Wed 10:15 AM
Stay Calm, Essential Services Will Continue Despite the 21 Days Lockdown
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Yesterday, 21 days lockdown was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the context of the global coronavirus pandemic. After Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a 21-day nationwide lockdown, the Ministry of Home Affairs came out with a comprehensive list of essential services that will remain active during the nationwide lockdown.

>Commercial and private establishments shall be closed down.

Exceptions: Shops, including ration shops (under PDS), dealing with food, groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, meat and fish, animal fodder. However, district authorities may encourage and facilitate home delivery to minimize the movement of individuals outside their homes. Banks, insurance offices, and ATMs. Print and electronic media Telecommunications, services, broadcasting and cable services. IT and IT enabled Services only (for essential services) and as far as possible to work from home. Delivery of all essential goods including food, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment through E-commerce.

>Hospitality Services to remain suspended.

Exceptions: Hotels, homestays, lodges and motels, which are accommodating tourists and persons stranded due to lockdown, medical and emergency staff, air and sea crew.

>Hospitals and all related medical establishments, including their manufacturing and distribution units, both in public and private sector, such as dispensaries, chemist and medical equipment shops, laboratories, clinics, nursing homes, ambulance etc. will continue to remain functional.

Any person violating these containment measures will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of Section 51-60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, besides legal action under Section 188 of the IPC.

So, keep your calm in this lockdown and be safe.


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