Health Ministry of India announced a complete lockdown in 19 states and union territories. Parts of the other six states and union territories have also been kept under lockdown, as per the statement by the Ministry.
Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry, said, “States/UTs under complete lockdown are Chandigarh, Delhi, Goa, Jammu and Kashmir, Nagaland, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Ladakh, Jharkhand, Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Tripura, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh.”
However, essential services have not been put on halt as of yet.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a press briefing announced a complete lockdown in the national capital until March 31.
No social gatherings including marriages will be conducted. except for fruits and vegetable markets, all other markets are to be shut.
Telecom services, hospitals, chemist shops cooking gas supplies, banks and ATMs, E-commerce, Public Transport (Limited) are other essential services which will stay open. Delhi Metro, however, remain suspended till March 31.
As Maharashtra remains the epicenter of the pandemic with 89 cases, the Chief Minister has called in a complete shutdown in the state. CM Uddhav Thackeray also added that all essential services will remain functional but with restrictions.
All religious places will remain closed. Only the priests and clerics alone will be inside and pray. Private vehicles to be used only in emergencies, where a driver and two other people are allowed at once.
A lockdown will be in force until March 31 in the state. Public transport facilities including private and KSRTC buses will not run. All state borders are sealed. Private vehicles will be allowed to move but with restrictions.
The availability of essential services including food grains and medicines will be ensured. Shops, medical stores, fueling stations, and LPG service will continue to operate. Bars will be closed but BEVCO outlets will remain open. Government offices will run with adequate safety measures. All religious activities that will attract crowds will be stopped.
The Telangana government on Monday announced a total lockdown and added that the lockdown will be implemented strictly and advised people against moving from 7 pm to 6 am on the roads. Telangana govt has invoked the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897. All hospitals are ordered not to perform any elective procedures/ surgeries to enhance the availability of healthcare facilities to Covid-19 patients
The borders with the neighboring states will be sealed. However, the movement of essential and perishable commodities will be allowed.
All transport, public and private services, including RTC buses, Metro trains, taxis, vans, and auto-rickshaws, won’t be permitted to move.
Additionally, all inter-State bus and transport services (public and private) will be stopped. No gathering over 5 people will be entertained. All shops, commercial establishments, offices, factories, workshops, and godowns should shut down operations. Exceptions to units in sectors like pharma. Government offices, shops, and establishments that are allowed to work should conform to social distancing norms. Markings with three-feet distance should be provided at the check-out counters.
Other essential services such as media, banks and media, telecom services, grocery stores, and hospitals remain functional.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said the lockdown is being enforced in all district, sub-divisional and block headquarters and municipal towns till March 31. All essential services such as selling food — grocery, vegetable, fruit, meat, fish, bread, milk, ration shops — including storage and transportation, will be exempted.
As Chief Minister announced a lockdown till March 31, the essential services remain open. All the borders are sealed after ist positive case came in from Varanasi and one more from Noida. People have been stocking up every essential despite the clarification from the government that the essentials services including selling food — grocery, vegetable, fruit, meat, fish, bread, milk, ration shops — including storage and transportation, will be exempted.
The Bengal government has announced the lockdown till March 31. Only essential services such as fruits, vegetables, pharmacy, telecom services will remain active.
The two-page order makes it clear that selling food — grocery, vegetable, fruit, meat, fish, bread, milk, ration shops — including storage and transportation, will be exempted. Importantly, the Bengal government has specified that “e-commerce of groceries and food items and home delivery of food” will be exempted, too. This exempted list will include petrol pumps, LPG, oil
agencies, their godowns, and transportation. The order imposes no restrictions on vehicles carrying food, groceries, and vegetables.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Monday asked officials to strictly enforce the statewide lockdown till March 31.
Heavy barricading and deployment of police personnel have been observed in the state. “The lockdown till March 31 is meant to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic. Your health is our priority. Essential services will remain available during the period. Please co-operate and stay at your homes,” Rawat said in an appeal to people and asked authorities to strictly enforce the lockdown.
All the shops were closed except the ones dealing with essentials like foodgrains, medicines, fruits, and vegetables. Banks and ATMs remained open. There were fewer people and vehicles on the road
Inter-state bus services and other means of public transport, including autorickshaws and taxis, plying within the state are suspended till March 31 except for going to hospitals and airports or coming from there.
Schools, colleges, multiplexes, and malls are also closed in the state till March 31 as per earlier government orders.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday ordered a “complete lockdown” in the state, till March 31. However, except for essential services.
As per the directions by the government all government offices, malls, factories, public transport, etc. will remain shut.
There will be a “complete lockdown”, barring essential and medical services the government added. The CM directed officials to provide good grains for free till May to more than 1 crore families registered under National Food Security Act (NFSA).
Those who live in urban areas and are not in the NFSA list will be provided food packets free of cost for two months beginning April 1, the statement read.
Gehlot also appealed to factory owners to provide paid leaves to their employees during the lockdown. The Labour Department will continue to work in coordination with factory owners.
Jammu and Kashmir
The government spokesperson announced a lockdown till March 31.
Earlier, the government declared 16 services and commodities as essential services. “In view of the situation arising due to COVID-19, Secretary Food, Civil Supplies, and Consumer Affairs Simrandeep Singh today issued an order declaring 16 services as Essential services and commodities within the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir,” said a government handout.
According to the handout, the Essential Services will include Supply of Groceries (wholesalers and retailers), Supply of Fresh fruits and vegetables, Dispensing of Petrol/Diesel at Pumps, Milk shops, and dairies and related products, Supply of Cattle feed and fodder, Medicines and other pharmaceuticals, Banks, and ATMs, Supply of LPG (domestic and commercial), Health services.
Further, manufacturing of health and medical equipment, Telecom operators and their designated agencies, Newspapers, Post offices, Loading and unloading of Wheat and Rice at FCI and State Food depots, Transportation of essential commodities through National and State Highways and Provision of Electricity, Water Supply and Municipal and Sanitary Services.
The Punjab government on Monday imposed a curfew along with a lockdown, making it the first state to take the drastic measure.
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh announced the curfew as people were defying the lockdown imposed in the state, officials said. Chief Secretary and the DGP, the CM has announced a full curfew with no relaxations, an official spokesperson said. Hence, the essential services, too, will be available but in very restricted numbers.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Monday announced the lockdown barring the essential services. Additionally, he has also urged people to follow the lockdown imposed by the state in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
The Jharkhand government on Sunday announced a lockdown in the state till March 31.
The Union Territory of Ladakh has been placed on lockdown till March 31, exempting the essential services as well. The District Development Commissioners of both Leh and Kargil districts have imposed Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), the Disaster Management Act and the Epidemic Diseases Act under which only essential services will be available to the people till March 31, Commissioner Secretary (Health) Rigzin Samphel said in a media briefing.
The deputy commissioners of Leh and Kargil said that in the lockdown order that there would be a “complete ban on assembly of three or more persons for any reason, whatsoever, and complete shutdown of all shops and business establishments, educational institutions, markets, and Anganwadi centers”.
“Any violation of the order will invite punitive action under Section 188 of the IPC and other relevant sections of Epidemic Diseases Act and the Disaster Management Act,” added the commissioners.
However, essential services such as pharmacy, food, fruits, and groceries will be available.
The Andhra Pradesh state government on Monday ordered a statewide lockdown. A notification issued by the state Health Department read, “In exercise of the powers contained under Sec 234 of Epidemic Disease Act, 1897, the Governor of Andhra Pradesh hereby issues following measures for containment of COVID-19.”
“While, vide GO Rt.No. 202 and GO Rt. No. 204 multiple restrictions and social distancing measures have been communicated, it is imperative that in a proactive manner a state-wide lockdown is observed to prevent the onset of community transmission of the Corona-virus,” it added.
Public transport, closure of non-essential shops, offices, workshops, go-downs have been passed until further notice. However, the restrictions do not apply to the police, health, urban and local bodies, water and municipal services, bank/ATM, print, electronic and social media. Offices are allowed to run without skeleton staff.