New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: A complete lockdown will be imposed in Bihar from July 16 to 31 July to curb the spread of coronavirus, Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi announced on Tuesday. 

"The government has taken a decision to this effect... Corona has neither any vaccine nor any medicine," Modi said in a virtual rally, details of which were shared on his Twitter handle.

The decision of reimposing lockdown comes in wake of the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Bihar which has so far recorded nearly 18,000 confirmed infections and 160 deaths. 

During the 15-day lockdown, all shops, offices and markets are expected closed while only essential services may be allowed to continue in the state. 

Here's the list of what remains open and what will be closed during the lockdown:

Here’s what is allowed: 

- Essential services allowed.

- Farming and construction-related activities allowed.

- Hospitals and all related medical establishments will continue to remain functional. The transportation for all medical personnel nurses, Para-medical staff, other hospital support services are permitted. This provision will also apply to veterinary services and establishments also.

Here’s what remains closed:

- Places of worship to remain closed.

- Commercial, private and govt establishments to remain closed.

- Offices of the Government of India, its Autonomous Subordinate Offices and Public Corporation shall remain closed.

Exceptions: Defence, central armed police forces, treasury. public utilities (including petroleum, CNG, LPG, PNG) disaster management. power generation and transmission units, post offices. National informatics Centre. Early warning agencies

- Offices of the State Government, its Autonomous Bodies, Corporation, etc. stall remain closed.

Exceptions:

a) Police, Home Guards, Civil Defense, Fire and Emergency services, Disaster Management, Elections and Prisons.

b) District administration and Treasury along with IT services’ Video Conferencing support from BELTRON.

c) Electricity, water supply, sanitation, Health, Food and Civil Supplies, Water Resources, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry.

d) Municipal bodies

e) Forest officer Staff and workers required to operate and maintain 200, nurseries, parks. plantation, firefighting in forests, wildlife rescue including handling human-wildlife conflicts, watering plantations, Patrolling and protection of sanctuaries including tiger reserves, operation of pollution monitoring stations and the corresponding field and headquarter offices.

f) Offices of Social Welfare – Staff and workers required (i) to operate and maintain child care institutions under Juvenile Justice Act, old age homes, homes for women, destitute and persons with disability (ii) to pay food security allowances under National Security Act {iii} to pay: social security pensions and the corresponding field and headquarter offices.

- Commercial and private establishments shall be closed down.

Exceptions:

a) Shops, including ration shops (under PDS), dealing with food, groceries, fruits and vegetable, dairy and milk booth, meat and fish, animal fodder, agriculture inputs. However, authorities are encouraged to facilitate home delivery.

b)Banks, insurance offices and ATM which include all bank related subsidiaries offices like Cash management, IT services etc.

c) Print and electronic media.

d) Telecommunications, internet services, broadcasting and cable services

e) E-commerce (All kinds of goods)

f) Petrol pumps, LPG and gas retail and storage outlets.

g) Hospitality services including Hotels/Motels/Lodged, Restaurants, Dhabas and eateries will be allowed to open with delivery/take away services only.

- All transport services will be suspended.

Exceptions:

a) Railways, Air and Rail transport will remain functional.

b) Taxies, auto-rickshaws will be permitted across Bihar

c) Private vehicles will be allowed across Bihar for permitted activities only

d) All essential service providers will be allowed to commute from home to the workplace.

The Nitish Kumar government had on Monday announced fresh lockdown in two districts of Sitamarhi and Lakhisarai and decided to extend the shutdown in three districts– Nawada, Buxar and Supaul. 

Several states, including Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Nagaland, have already announced lockdown till July 31. Uttar Pradesh government has announced lockdowns on all Saturdays and Sundays. 

Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases in India continue to rise unabatedly with the tally crossing 9-lakh mark on Tuesday. The country recorded last 1 lakh cases in just three days. Meanwhile, the death toll is nearing 24,000 mark.  

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta