Raipur: Chhattisgarh government has announced lockdown for 10 days in Raipur district starting from April 9 in the view of rise in number of coronavirus cases.
As many as 3,302 people tested positive for coronavirus in Raipur district as per data released late on Wednesday taking the total tally to 79,729 cases. The total active cases in the district are 14,991 and total deaths recorded so far are 1,028.
Raipur district collector Dr S Bharatidasan has declared a lockdown in the entire district from 6 pm on April 9 to 6 am on April 19. During the lockdown period, all markets, shops, business establishments, banks and government and non-government offices will remain closed. Hospitals, medical stores, petrol pumps are exempted from these restrictions with certain conditions.
As per the lockdown guidelines issued, the boundaries of the district will be sealed for the next 10 days from Friday evening. All religious, tourism and cultural places will remain closed. The devotees will not be able to visit temple during Navratri which is commencing from April 13. Besides, the liquor shops will also be closed for 10 days.
All types of meetings, processions, socio-religious or political events are prohibited during the lockdown period. Permission has been granted for petrol to government vehicles, ambulances, medical supplies, LPG carriage, vehicles with e-pass, and cabs operating from railway stations, bus and airport. On showing the admit card, the candidates will be able to get petrol besides journalists will also get the same showing their identity card. Hawkers and milkmen will also be allowed to get petrol. There will be an exemption for giving petrol to such vehicles passing through the highway, which are not stopping in the district.
The administration has also ordered closure of grocery stores, fruit and milk shops this time. Milkmen will be allowed to deliver milk at home from 6 am to 8 am and from 5 pm to 6.30 pm. Exemption will also be given for newspaper hawkers in the same period.
Besides, as per the order domestic gas supply will now only be on telephonic or online booking. Gas companies will deliver the cylinder to the consumer's home. Also, pet shops and aquariums will be given exemption from 6 to 8 am for and from 5 pm to 6.30 pm for feeding fodder.
Similarly, industries which have facility of accommodation for labourers will only be allowed to run during the lockdown period. The work can be continued by following the corona protocol.
The administration has made e-pass mandatory to move out of the district. The admit card for the candidates and the identity card of the employer of the employees of hospital, ambulance, railway, telecom and airport will be allowed as pass.
Meanwhile, Raipur district collector Dr S Bharatidasan held a discussion with the representatives of the business organizations on Wednesday and appealed for cooperation in the lockdown. All the delegates welcomed the decision of imposing lockdown in the district in the public interest amid the corona fear. They said that their institutions will fully support the administration in this fight against the deadly virus.