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The number of confirmed cases in the country rose to 562 on Wednesday, March 25 with the Centre now resorting to legal action against the violators. According to the Economic Times, refusal to comply by the directions can invite punishment which includes a jail term of up to 1 year or a fine or both.
In an effort to break the chain of transmission, India's 1.3 billion people have been put under lockdown for three weeks starting Tuesday, March 24, midnight.
Several people are still confused about the services and facilities they can avail, and what others are prohibited during a lockdown.
The Logical Indian attempts to answer all your questions on lockdown.
What Is A Lockdown?
Lockdown is an emergency measure or condition in which people are temporarily prevented from entering or leaving a restricted area or building (such as a school) during a threat of danger, in this case, the transmission of a virus.
Essential services like grocery stores, pharmacies and banks are usually operational during this time.
Where Is The Lockdown Happening?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared a three-week nationwide lockdown starting Tuesday, March 24, midnight, explaining that it was the only way of breaking the Covid-19 transmission cycle.
Can't I Step Out Of Home At All?
Citizens are supposed to stay at home. There will be a complete bar on people from stepping outsides their homes.
Can I Go To Work?
Almost all cities in the country have directed private companies to let employees work from home. All offices will remain shut until the end of the lockdown period.
You can go to work if your work provides any of the following essential services:
What About Transportation?
No public transport service including taxis and auto-rickshaws are permitted. Private cars are also included in this.
Transportation for essential goods, fire, law and order situation and emergency services is permitted.
What Happens If I Break A Rule?
What Is The Legal Ground Behind These Rules?
Section 2 of The Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, gives the government the power to take special measures and prescribe regulations necessary to contain the spread of the disease.
Section 3 of the Act allows the government to impose a penalty on the person flouting any rule made under the Act.
Who Is Incharge?
All district magistrates, police commissioners. Municipal commissioners, SPs, ADMs, CMOHs, SDOs, BDOs are authorized to take necessary measures for implementing the rules of lockdown.
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