With the infected numbers of Coronavirus cases leaped up to 415, the Indian Government announced a complete lockdown in 75 districts.
Along with the Coronavirus scare, questions have arisen about the lockdown and how it will be impacting on the day to day lives of the common man.
What does a lockdown mean?
A lockdown is when the general public is asked to stay put wherever they reside unless any essential services are to be availed. Amid the rapid spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, a lockdown has been imposed. Whereas grocery stores, essential services like medical stores, hospitals, will be open for the general public.
What all will be accessible during the lockdown?
Here’s a list of the services that will remain functional during the lockdown:
- Hospitals and Pharmacies
- Municipal services like water and electricity
- Grocery stores
- Telecom services
- Police, Fire Stations
- Media, Print and Electronic services
- Banks and ATMs
- Takeaways/Home Delivery from restaurants
- Public Transport (Limited)
- Milk and general provision stores
Are there punishments for breaking of Lockdown laws?
Some states like Delhi, Pune along with the lockdown, have imposed Section 144 of CrPC, which considers assembly of more than 5 people unlawful. In the case of which, a fine of Rs. 1000 or a year of imprisonment can be given to anyone breaking the law.
In case of the only lockdown, breaking of the law would face imprisonment that may extend up to one month or a fine of Rs 200, or with both.
How to commute if necessary?
Most of the organizations have ordered work from home, and with lockdown situations, most offices would be shut. But, if commuting is an absolute necessity, some government services like buses would be available for use. Also, one can avail of their private vehicles for transport if necessary.
Should one be worried about stocking up of essentials?
There is no need for panic buying of essential commodities as the Prime Minister has reemphasized that the country is not facing any supply crisis. Even under lockdown, supplies of milk, groceries, medicines would be available as they come under the essential services.
However, there might be some delay due to limited transport availability.