Despite declaration of lockdown in the entire State, till March 29 midnight to fight out the coronavirus (COVID-19), several essential services would be exempted from the ambit of the lockdown.
Service and basic facility providers such as hospitals, clinics, pathology labs and medicine, police, electricity, water supply, municipal offices and other agencies supporting the Government in preventing COVID-19 would remain open during the lockdown period.
Banks, ATMs and petrol pumps will continue operating during the period. Banks have been asked to manage offices with 10 per cent employees with guidance of the Collectors. Banks have already been instructed to maintain enough cash in their ATMs.
Shops dealing with fruits, milk, bread, biscuits, bakery, grocery, vegetables, fish, meat would remain open. Milk booths would not sell tea, coffee and other beverages.