India’s 21-day lockdown begins: What will remain open, closed explained here

NEW DELHI, Mar 25 (Agencies):  The Home Ministry on Tuesday released detailed guidelines on the measures to be taken central and state level to contain Covid-19 epidemic. The guidelines were issues after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announced three-week nationwide lockdown from today. All shops selling essentials — such as grocery, milk, vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, as well as chemists, ATMs, banks, gas, petrol pumps etc — to remain open during 21 days lockdown, the guidelines say.

The Centre has decided to close down all its and state governments’ offices, public corporations with exception of the police, utilities, fire and emergency services, prisons, and municipal bodies. “Hospitals and all related medical establishments, including their manufacturing and distribution units – both in public and private sector such as dispensaries, chemists, medical equipment shops, laboratories, clinics, ambulance etc. will continue to remain functional,” said the guidelines. “There will be no shortage of essential commodities during the 21-day lockdown. Central govt along with all state govts making adequate efforts to deal with the situation,” said Home Minister Amit Shah.

WHAT REMAINS OPEN

-Petrol Pumps, CNG, LPG, PNG

-Banks, insurance offices, print and electronic media to remain open

-Disaster management, power transmission units

-Police, home guards, defence and armed forces

-Electricity, water and sanitation

-Hospitals, nursing homes, fire stations, ATMs will continue to work:

-Fair price shops and those dealing with food, groceries, fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat, fish, animal fodder

-Capital and debt market services as notified by SEBI

WHAT REMAINS CLOSED

-All transport services — road, rail and air — to remain suspended during the lockdown period

-Hospitality services

-Suspension of Railway services will be extended till April 14

-Educational, social, political institutions

-Not more than 20 people permitted during funerals

-All private offices

-Offices of state/ Union territory government and autonomous bodies

-Offices of government of India and public corporation.

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