Home Ministry's list of what's closed, exempt during coronavirus lockdown

The Interior Ministry on Tuesday listed the organizations that will be closed – and exempt – during the 21-day national lockdown against the coronavirus announced by the Prime Minister. Here is this list, as published by the ministry with a light edition.

The offices of the Government of India, its autonomous / subordinate offices and the public companies will remain closed.


Defense, central armed police, treasury, public services (including oil, CNG, LPG, PNG), disaster management, power generation and transmission units, post offices, National IT Center, agencies early warning

The offices of the governments of the States / Territories of the Union, their autonomous bodies, their societies, etc. will remain closed.


Police, home guards, civil protection, fire and emergency services, disaster management and prisons.

District administration and Treasury

Electricity, water, sanitation

Municipal organizations – Only personnel required for essential services such as sanitation, personnel related to water supply, etc.

The above offices (SL # 1 and 2) should work with a minimum number of employees. All other offices can continue to work from home only.

Hospitals and all related medical establishments, including their manufacturing and distribution units, in the public and private sector, such as dispensaries, pharmacies and medical equipment stores, laboratories, clinics, nursing homes nursing, ambulances, etc. will continue to operate. Transportation of all medical, nursing, paramedical and other hospital support services is permitted.

Commercial and private establishments will be closed.


Shops, including ration stores (under PDS), dealing with food, groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy and dairy booths, meat and fish, fodder for animals. However, district authorities can encourage and facilitate home births to minimize the movement of people outside their homes.

Banks, insurance offices and ATMs.

Print and electronic media

Telecommunications, Internet services, broadcasting and cable services. IT and IT services only (for essential services) and where possible for working from home.

Delivery of all essentials, including food, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment via electronic commerce.

Petrol, LPG pumps, oil and gas sales and storage.

Electricity production, transmission and distribution units and services.

Capital and debt market services notified by the Securities and Exchange Board of India

Cold storage and warehousing services.

Private security services

All other establishments can only work from home.

Industrial establishments will remain closed.


Manufacturing units for essential products.

Production units, which require an ongoing process, after obtaining the required authorization from the state government

All transport services – air, rail, road – will remain suspended.


Transportation for essentials only.

Fire, public order and emergency services.

Reception services will remain suspended


a. Hotels, host families, lodges and motels, which accommodate tourists and people stranded due to foreclosure, medical and emergency personnel, air and maritime personnel.

b. Establishments used / assigned to quarantine facilities.

All education, training, research, coaching institutions, etc. will remain closed.

All places of worship must be closed to the public. No religious congregation will be authorized, without exception.

All social / political / sports / entertainment / academic / cultural / religious functions / gatherings will be prohibited.

In the event of a funeral, a congregation of not more than twenty people will be authorized.

All those who arrived in India after 15.02.2020, and all those who were directed by health personnel to remain under strict home / institutional quarantine for a period determined by the local health authorities, for lack of whereby they will be liable to legal proceedings. action under Sec. 188 of the IPC.

“All enforcement authorities note that these strict restrictions basically concern the movement of people, but not the movement of essential goods,” the ministry said in a notification listing the rules.


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