State extends lockdown until April 14 midnight

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State extends lockdown until April 14 midnight

Thursday, 26 March 2020 | Staff Reporter | RAIPUR

The Chhattisgarh government on Wednesday directed all the departments, commissioners, collectors and head of departments, to implement the Centre‚Äôs lockdown directives to contain the transmission of the novel coronavirus Covid-19 in the country for the next 21 days until  April 14, midnight.

The guidelines issued by the office of the chief secretary, has listed a number of  services, including government and private offices, which would be out of bounds during the period, while exempting establishments such as hospitals, ration shops, dairies, banks, insurance offices and print and            electronic media.

As per the guidelines on the measures to be taken to contain  the Covid-19 epidemic in the state, state government offices, its autonomous and subordinate offices and public corporations shall remain closed for the next 21 days from March 25.

However,  personnel of  the police, home guards, civil defence, fire and emergency services, disaster management, prisons, district administration and treasury, electricity, water sanitation, municipal bodies, staff required for essential services like sanitation, personnel related to water supply  and others, have been exempted from the purview of the lockdown.

All other officials have been instructed to continue to work from their homes.

Hospitals and all related medical establishments, including the manufacturing and distribution units, both in the public and the private    sectors, such as dispensaries, chemists and medical       equipment shops, laboratories, clinics, nursing homes, ambulance services among others,  will continue to remain functional.

The transportation for all medical personnel, nurses, para-medical staff, and other hospital support services be permitted, the guidelines said.

All the commercial and private establishments will remain closed except ration shops and shops that sell medicines, groceries, fruits, vegetables, dairy and milk booths, meat and fish and animal fodder.

However, the district authorities may encourage and facilitate home delivery to minimise the movement of individuals outside their homes, the guidelines said.

Delivery of all essential goods, including food, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment, through e-commerce has also been exempted from the purview of the    lockdown, it said.

The order said industrial establishments  will remain closed except manufacturing units of essential commodities, production units, which require continuous process.

All transport services, air, rail, roadways will remain closed.

Transportation for essential goods  will however, be outside the purview of the lockdown, the guidelines said.

Similarly, the hospitality services, educational, training, research, coaching institutions, social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions, gatherings have been barred.

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