Hyderabad: The Directorate of Enforcement, Vigilance and Disaster Management, on 17 March, came down heavily on commercial establishments for disobeying government orders. Despite the temporary shutdown order, 66 establishments were found violating orders and were subsequently sealed.

The establishments shut include bars, pubs, gyms, sports academies, and coaching institutions. Some of the well-known establishments that were sealed include Frankfinn Institute of Air Hostess, Zenas International School, Sri Chaitanya Academy & College, RC Reddy IAS Study Academy, Sri Chaitanya IAS Academy, Elite Sports Hub, Chillis Bar & Restaurant, Smash Bar & Restaurant, Mak Aviation Academy, and Junaid Tutorial.

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao had announced on 14 March that in order to control the spread of Coronavirus all educational institutions will remain closed till 31 March while parks, theatres, museums, gymnasiums, bars and pubs will be closed till 21 March. He also said that no cultural and sports events, conferences, and workshops are to be conducted in the state till 21 March.

The enforcement and vigilance department of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) deployed around 18 teams to inspect if establishments were following government orders. Those found violating the orders were sealed under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, and the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897, to prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19.

The vigilance department has also issued notices to all malls, hypermarkets, and commercial establishments to screen visitors using thermal screening devices and to give visitors sanitizers. In order to maintain hygiene repeated sanitation is advised in areas where there will be heavy movement of the public. It has also stated that all working staff should be provided with gloves, masks, and sanitizers.

Telangana has reported five positive cases of Coronavirus so far. The first patient was discharged on 13 March. India has reported a total of 135 positive cases as of 17 March.

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter as a "Factcheck Freelancer". A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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