What is Janata Curfew?

As India grappled with the deadly new novel coronavirus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday addressed the nation on the outbreak, announcing a ‘Janata (public) Curfew’ on Sunday (March 22). Along with a host of measures that include self-quarantine and washing hands frequently, people across the country have been requested to abide by the ‘Janata Curfew’ on Sunday from 7 PM till 9 PM. Also Read - Let's All Follow 'Janata Curfew' This Sunday: PM Modi Calls For Nationwide Lockdown on March 22 From 7 AM to 9 PM

While you are wondering what does a ‘Janata Curfew’ mean, we have got your covered. Also Read - ‘Resolve And Restraint’: PM Modi Urges Everyone to Stay Indoors to Avoid Coronavirus Infection

Here is a little guide on how to abide by the ‘Janata Curfew’: Also Read - Here Are the Top 5 Quotes From PM Modi's Address on Coronavirus

1) People across the country have been asked to avoid the roads and public spaces on Sunday from 7 AM till 9 PM.

2) All those who are working in essential services such as police, medical services, media, home delivery, fire fighting and serving the nation are exempted from participating in the Curfew.

3) At 5 PM, all the citizens, as requested by PM Modi, will stand in their doorways. They will clap, and ring their bells as a way of saying thanks to those on the front lines of the COVID-19.

4) The Prime Minister has also requested to educate at least 10 people about the Curfew. “If possible, please call at least 10 people every day and tell them about the ‘Janta Curfew’ as well as the measures to prevent,” PM Narendra Modi had said.

In his 30-minute address, PM Modi also urged Indian citizens to voluntarily stay indoors, implement ‘social distancing’ in their everyday lives and work from home as much as possible while underscoring the dangers of coronavirus.

“This Sunday, that is on 22 March, all citizens must follow this curfew from 7 AM until 9 PM. During this curfew, we shall neither leave our homes, nor get onto the streets and refrain from roaming about in our societies or areas. Only those associated with emergency and essential services may leave their homes,” he said and asserted that this would serve as a litmus test for India to battle against the coronavirus outbreak.

Notably, four deaths and 194 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection have been reported so far across the country.