Government of Puducherry notifies lockdown till March 31, 2020

Mar 24, 2020 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

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EHS Compliance

The Government of Puducherry on March 23, 2020, notifies the lockdown with immediate effect till March 23, 2020.

The restrictions are as under:

1. Residents shall stay at home and come out only for availing essential commodities / service by strictly observing social distancing norms.

2. Any congregation of more than 5 persons in public places is prohibited.

3. All state borders shall be sealed. However, the movement of essential commodities and services shall continue unhindered.

4. Plying of private vehicle shall be restricted only to the extent of procuring essential commodities / services.

5. All public transport services, taxis, auto-rickshaws etc. will not be permitted. However, the vehicles involved in transport of essential commodities / essential service will continue to ply and transport of passengers for accessing emergency medical services shall be permitted.

6. Operations of all interstate bus and transport services including those by private operators shall stand suspended.

7. All shops, commercial establishments, offices, factories, workshops, godowns etc. shall close their operations. However, production and manufacturing units which require continuous process may function. Further, manufacturing units engaged in production of essential commodities will continue to operate.

8. Religious institutions will not be open for public.

The following shops or establishments providing essential goods and services will be excluded from the above restrictions and continue to operate:

1. Banks / ATMs and related activities

2. Print and electronic media

3. IT and ITeS, including telecom, postal and internet services

4. Supply chain and transport of essential commodities

5. E-commerce (delivery) of essential goods including food, pharmaceutical and medical equipment.

6. Sale of food items, groceries, milk, bread, fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat, fish and their transportation and warehousing activities.

7. Take-away/home delivery at restaurants

8. Hospitals, optical stores, diagnosis centres, pharmaceuticals manufacturing and their transportation.

9. Petrol pumps, LPG gas, oil agencies, their godowns and their related transport operations.

10. All security services including those provided by private agencies.

11. Private establishments that support the provisioning of essential services or the efforts for containment of COVID-19.

12. Intra-city/ Town Bus Services.

13. Sanitary workers including those of Swachata Corporation

14. Animal Husbandry and Animal Fodder.

Any person, institution, organization violating any provision of these regulations will be dealt under the provisions of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and the Disaster Management Act, 2005.

[Order No. G.O.Ms. No. 03/2020] 


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