- The lockdown began at 10 p.m. on Friday (April 30) and will last until 5 a.m. on Monday (May 3).
- Gurgaon, Faridabad, Hisar, Sonipat, Rohtak, Sirsa, Panchkula, Karnal, and Fatehabad districts will be under complete lockdown.
- All major gatherings were barred in five Haryana districts, including Gurugram, earlier on Monday.
The second wave of the deadly COVID-19 virus in India has claimed the lives of 3,689, which is a new high, and now the state of Haryana has joined a slew of other states that have been forced to reimpose lockdown in a desperate attempt to stem the outbreak amid a severe shortage of hospital beds, drugs, and oxygen for patients.
From today (5 a.m.) till 10 May (5 a.m.), the Haryana government has enforced a week-long lockdown across the state.
Previously, from 10 p.m. on Friday to 5 a.m. on Monday, a weekend curfew was imposed in nine districts: Gurugram, Faridabad, Sonipat, Sirsa, Rohtak, Karnal, Panchkula, Hisar, and Fatehabad.
Haryana’s authorities have released new guidelines as the state grapples with the Covid-19 outbreak. Read to find out what is and is not allowed.
1. Vaccination centres, banks, and other essential services will remain open throughout Haryana’s week-long lockdown.
2. All health facilities, including hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and vaccination centres, will remain operational, according to the statement, which also stated that citizens will be permitted to visit anti-COVID vaccination centres.
3. According to the government’s comprehensive lockdown guidelines, dispensaries, chemists, hospitals, and all types of medicine shops, including Jan Aushadi Kendras and medical equipment shops, will remain open.
4. Bank branches and ATMs, as well as IT suppliers for banking operations, will continue to operate normally. Bank branches will be able to operate during normal banking hours.
5. The supply of essential goods is permitted. All facilities involved in the supply of essential goods, whether they be involved in manufacturing, wholesale, or retail of such goods through local stores, large brick and mortar stores, or e-commerce firms, are permitted to operate, as long as strict social distancing norms are followed.
6. All goods traffic will be permitted to operate.
7. Shops, including kirana and single shops selling essential goods, and carts, including ration shops under the Public Distribution System (PDS), that deal with food and groceries for daily use, hygiene products, dairy and milk booths, fruits and vegetables, poultry, fish, animal feed and fodder, meat, are permitted to operate while maintaining strict social distance.
8. Print and electronic media are permitted, including DTH and cable networks. IT and IT-enabled services, with up to 50% capacity, as well as data and call centres for government operations only, will be allowed to operate.
9. Public transportation buses with a 50% strength, taxi and cab aggregators with a maximum of three passengers plus the driver, and metro rail would be permitted to operate. Passengers will also be able to travel by train.
10. Hotels, lodges, motels and homestays, that are housing those stranded as a result of the lockdown, medical and emergency personnel, and aircrew are permitted to remain open.
11. Students or others who are required to attend different tests will be permitted to enter examination centres during the shutdown, and their hall tickets will be considered valid.
12. During the lockdown period, drivers, maids, domestic help, cooks, nurses, medical attendants, and caregivers to senior citizens, physically disabled, and ailing persons are allowed.
13. However, all movie theatres, shopping centres, malls, bars, gymnasiums, swimming pools, amusement parks, sports facilities, theatres, and auditoriums, assembly halls, and similar establishments must remain closed.
14. All religious and worship places must be closed to the public. During the lockdown, religious gatherings are strictly forbidden.
15. Funerals with a congregation of more than 20 persons would not be allowed.
16. Up to 10:00 p.m., hotels, restaurants, and eateries, including those in malls, will be available only for home delivery. Roadside food stands, including fruit stands, are only permitted to operate if they have take-away service.
17. Activities permitted under these guidelines will not be allowed in demarcated containment areas, with the exception of home delivery of necessary food, milk, and ration products.
18. The Union government’s offices, as well as its autonomous and subordinate offices and public corporations, must function in accordance with the Central authorities’ guidelines.
19. Police, home guards, civil defence, fire and emergency services, disaster management, hospitals, power, water, and sanitation are among the state government departments, autonomous bodies, and companies that would be able to function without restrictions.
20. All other state government departments’ offices must strictly obey the chief secretary’s office’s directives.