Hyderabad: Prime Minister , Narendra Modi announced that the entire nation will go into a complete lockdown in order to break the nuclear chain of Coronavirus and to promote social distancing.
He further said that this is the only way we can fight the virus as these 21 days are the most crucial ones. If these 21days don't go well, India will fall behind by 21 years.
Amidst this Nationwide panic, the government of India has issued the following guidelines on the essential services that will be available for the general public.
Things like Shops, including ration shops (under PDS), dealing with food, groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booth, meat and fish, animal fodder. However district authorities may encourage and facilitate home delivery to minimize human movement outdoors.
Banks, insurance offices and ATMs.
Telecommunication services, internet services, broadcasting and cable services, IT and IT enabled services ( only essential) mostly work from home.
Delivery of essential goods like food, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment through E-commerce.
Petrol pumps, LPG, petroleum and gas retail and storage outlets.
Power generation, transmission and distribution units and services.
Cold storage and warehousing services.
Private security services.
Hospitals and all medical related establishments, including their manufacturing and distribution units, both in public and private sectors like dispensaries, chesmist, and medical equipment shops, laboratories, clinics, nursing homes, ambulance etc will remain functional. The transportation for all medical personnel, nurses, para-medical staff, other Hospital support shall be permitted.
Industrial elements will be closed except for manufacturing units except for essential services, production units which requires continuos process after obtaining permission from state government.
All transport services will be closed except for transportation for Essential goods only and Fire, law and order and emergency services.
Police, home guards, civil defence, fire and emergency services, disaster management and prisons. District Administration and treasury, electricity, water, sanitation, Municipal bodies - only staff required for essential services like sanitation, personnel related to water supply etc.
Hospitality services will remain closed except for hotels, homestays, lodges and motels, which are accommodating tourists or persons stranded due to lockdown, medical and emergency staff, air and sea crew.
All places of worship for public are closed. No religious congregations shall be allowed.
All social, political, religious, entertainment, cultural, academic, religious functions/gatherings shall be barred.