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Coronavirus: India In Lockdown- What's Closed And What Will Remain Open During Covid19 Shutdown

The COVID-19 Lockdown Is An Emergency Step Taken To Minimise People Interaction To Contain The Spread Of The Virus.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Pawas Kumar | Updated on: 23 Mar 2020, 12:11:44 PM
India On Lockdown

India has joined countries like China, South Korea, United Kingdom in imposing a COVID-19 lockdown (Photo Credit: Pixabay)

New Delhi:

Many parts of India were placed under complete lockdown starting Sunday as the country stepped up its efforts to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus outbreak. All services, apart from those deemed essential, in 13 states and 80 district will remain closed till March 31 while passenger trains, metros and interstate buses have been shut for the rest of the months.

But what exactly is a lockdown?

India has joined countries like China, South Korea, United Kingdom in imposing a COVID-19 lockdown. The COVID-19 lockdown is an emergency step taken to minimise people interaction to contain the spread of the virus. A full lockdown will means people must stay where they are minimising social contact.

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What is closed in India during coronavirus lockdown?

 The main focus in India is to restrict public movement and travel to minimise contact and thus spread of the coronavirus. That is why severe travel restrictions have been imposed all over the country and public places have been shut.

  1. Train services - including suburban lines- have been suspended till March 31.
  2. All operational Metro services have also shut down.
  3. Government has banned inter-state and intercity bus services.
  4. Malls, not having any essential shops, have been ordered to close.


What will remain open during coronavirus lockdown?

 Essential services will continue to run. You can step out to pick up groceries and medical supplies, go to doctor. You can go for a walk if you are following social distancing.

  1. Hospitals and pharmacies will stay open. However, one should avoid any non-essential surgery or treatment at this time.
  2. Groceries, fruit and vegetable shops will remain open during the lockdown.
  3. Milk supply booths operated by government or cooperatives will stay open.
  4. You can get cooking gas supply.
  5. Telecom services, food home-delivery, e-commerce services will not stop.
  6. Banks and ATMs will continued to operate.

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First Published : 23 Mar 2020, 12:01:17 PM

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