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Coronavirus Lockdown: List of what will be affected and what will be available in India

More than 80 districts across 17 States and five Union Territories in India have imposed complete lockdown to fight coronavirus. Restaurants, groceries, petrol and diesel, and medical services, among other essential services and commodities, will remain available during the COVID-19 lockdown from the centre. The government has notified a list of essential services and commodities, which can broadly be separated into four categories:

Food and products: Groceries, fruits and vegetables, milk and dairy-related products, loading and unloading of wheat and rice at FCI and State food depots, cattle feed and fodder.

Medical: Medicines and other pharmaceuticals, health services, manufacturing of health and medical equipment.

Other Services: Newspapers, banks and ATMs, post offices, telecom, petrol and diesel pumps

Household services: Electricity and water supply, sanitary services, LPG supply. 

What is excluded from the lockdown

  • Food outlets, ration shops, shops selling milk, vegetables, groceries, meat, fish, and fruits, markets, and supply of cooking gas
  • Transportation of all goods
  • Police, and Fire and Emergency Services
  • Government offices, ULBs and PR institution offices, postal services
  • Electricity, water, and municipal services
  • Banks/ATMs, telecom services. Banks will provide essential services like cash deposit and withdrawal, clearing of cheques, remittances and government transactions. Mobile and Internet banking will work.
  • Home delivery of food, pharmacies, and supply of medical equipment
  • Takeaway from restaurants
  • Shops and markets related to agriculture, sericulture, horticulture, animal husbandry, fisheries
  • Canteen services provided by government and local bodies. 

What will be affected

  • All shops, commercial establishments, workshops, godowns dealing in non-essential services
  • All labour-intensive industries to work at 50% strength on rotation by ensuring social distancing
  • All IT and biotechnology units will ensure work from home except where it is not feasible
  • AC bus services of RTCs and private operators
  • Inter-State and inter-district services will not be operated from COVID-19 affected districts

Source: The Hindu

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