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Pan-India lockdown from midnight for 21 days


Narendra Modi speech
PM Narendra Modi addressing the nation, 24/3/2020

Quick points:

1. The PM announced that the country would be placed under total lockdown for 21 days starting from midnight on 25th March, 2020.

2. The lockdown will be enforced more strictly than during the Janata curfew and standard epidemic exceptions will apply (scroll down for full list of exempted services).


Addressing the nation for the second time this week, Indian Prime Minister announced that the entire country would be placed under lockkdown for a period of 21 days starting from 12 am, midnight, on 25 March, 2020. Urging the nation's citizens to draw a 'Laxman Rekha' around their houses, the Prime Minister asked his citizens to stay home for 21 days and practice social distancing to avoid bringing the deadly virus which has already claimed 17,000+ lives worldwide.


This lockdown will apply to every citizen of the country with standard epidemic exceptions. In this regard, the following services will continue to function:

Shops: Ration shops dealing with food, groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, meat and fish, animal fodder. (District authorities may encourage and facilitate home delivery to minimise the movement of individuals outside their homes)


Financial services: Banks, insurance offices and ATMs


Media: Print and electronic media


Communications: Telecommunications, internet services, broadcasting and cable services. IT and IT-enabled services only essential services - work from home as much as possible


Delivery of all essential goods including food, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment through e-commerce


Petrol pumps, LPG and petroleum and gas retail and storage outlets


Power generation, transmission and distribution units and services


Capital and debt market services as notified by SEBI


Cold storage and warehousing services


Private security services

For a complete breakdown of all the major points covered in the PM's address, click here.