Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, on 25 March, held a review meeting with government officials regarding implementation of the lockdown in the state and availability of essential commodities. He instructed officials to ensure that social distancing was followed at Rythu bazaars in both urban and rural areas to avoid the rush. He also asked officials to allow shops to operate from 6 a.m to 1 p.m.

During the meeting, Jagan said that while people are following the lockdown to a large extent they are still coming out to buy essential commodities. As people are coming out in groups, there is a greater chance for the virus to spread. "Social distancing will be practiced at Rythu bazaars for the convenience of the public. Precautions for maintaining social distancing have to be taken at every decentralised outlet and officials have to ensure that it is implemented. People are requested to follow the lockdown orders and remain indoors for safety. Only one person from a family can come out, the distance not exceeding a radius of 3 km from their residence, to get essential items,” he said.

The Chief Minister appealed to the public to stay home and cooperate with the state in controlling the spread of the virus. He said Section 144 is being implemented across the state and strict action will be taken against those defying the instructions.

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