The Hush Post | 7:08 pm | One-minute read |
The Captain Amarinder Singh led Punjab Government has ordered a statewide lockdown from tomorrow morning till March 31, 2020, as an emergency measure to tackle the worsening COVID-19 situation.
All essential services will be available during the shutdown, which will take effect from 6 a.m. on Monday and will remain in force till 9 P.M. on March 31.
The state government has clarified that there will be no curfew during the lockdown period. However, restrictions under Section 144 shall remain imposed. Hence more than 10 persons can’t assemble in a public space at any given time.
In addition to Electricity, Water and Municipal Services, Banks and ATMs, the following establishments will remain open: Print and Electronic Media including social media, Telecom/ Internet and Cable operators and concerned agencies, Postal services, courier services, essential IT services, along with E-Commerce and its home delivery, Shops of Food, Groceries, Milk, Bread, Eggs, Fruit, Vegetable, Meat, Poultry and Fish etc.(including departmental stores and supermarkets).
Restaurants/ bakeries, halwais, tea shops, eateries shall remain open for take-away or home delivery only. No seating or dine-in shall be permitted. Also, Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Doctors, Vaids, Hakeems, Homeopaths, Chemist shops, Optical stores and Pharmaceuticals manufacturing, Petrol pumps, LPG gas, Oil agencies & godowns, petroleum refineries & depots, petrochemical products shall be exempt from the lockdown. The state govt has also exmpted veterinary hospitals and gaushalas from the lockdown.
PEOPLE REQUIRED TO STAY AT HOME
Govenrment has directed the DCs of all the districts to ensure strict implementation of the restrictions. The Health Department made it clear that all persons are required to stay at home, and they may leave home only if necessary for obtaining essential services / items or for employment / duty.
To ensure strict implementation of the restrictions under Section 144, Punjab has deployed extra forces in all the districts. Restrictions on public transport imposed earlier will continue till March 31st.