New Delhi: In a bid to combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Delhi has been placed under lockdown from Monday 6 AM till midnight of March 31, 2020. Addressing a joint press conference with Lt Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal announced that all borders of Delhi with Harayan and Uttar Pradesh will be sealed, but essential items from neighboring states, such as food items like vegetables, milk etc will keep coming. Also Read - ‘Small Action, Big Message’: Javadekar, Nadda Laud People For Lighting Lamps at 9 PM

“For preventive measures to contain spread of covid-19 outbreak, directions have been issued for lockdown in the whole territorial jurisdiction of NCT of Delhi from 0600 hrs on Monday 23rd March 2020 to midnight 31st March 2020,” Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal tweeted on Sunday. Also Read - Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Mary Kom Participate in Lights Off Challenge as Sporting Fraternity Unite in Fight Against COVID-19 Pandemic by Lighting Candles, Lamps

Public transport such as inter-state buses, trains and metros will stay off the roads. However, Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses will be only 25 per cent of its full capacity to ferry people who are working in services considered essential.All flights — domestic and international will also remain suspended during the lockdown period. Also Read - PM Modi’s Mother Heeraben Modi Lights up Lamp, Joins Fight Against Coronavirus

Take a look at the list of the services and businesses which will remain open: 

  • Fire stations
  • Ration shops
  • Takeaway/home delivery in restaurants
  • Chemists
  • Police departments
  • Fair price shops (public distribution system)
  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Municipal services
  • Magisterial services
  • Pay and accounts office (only for salary/wages/contingent/health and essential services related expenditure)
  • Print and electronic media
  • Cashier/teller operations of banks (including ATMs)
  • Telecom, internet and postal services
  • E-commerce of all essential goods including food, pharmaceutical and medical equipment
  • Food items, groceries (fruit/vegetables/milk/bakery items, meat, fish, etc)
  • Milk plants
  • General provision stores
  • Petrol pumps, LPG/oil agencies
  • Manufacturing, processing, transportation, distribution, storage, trade/commerce and logistics related to all the above services/establishments and commodities required for delivery of these above services
  • Any other essential service/establishment that may be exempted by the government

Yesterday, CM Kejriwal had appealed people to stay at home and avoid unnecessary travel. “Extraordinary times require extraordinary measures. The more you’ll stay away from other people, the more efficiently we will be able to can save ourselves”, the AAP leader stated.

Till now, 27 positive cases of coronavirus has been reported in Delhi. Of the total 27, 6 fall under the category of transmission, 21 had come from foreign countries.