Uttar Pradesh government has imposed lockdown in five cities to curb covid-19 cases. These cities are – Lucknow, Prayagraj, Varanasi, Kanpur and Gorakhpur. The lockdown will commence from tonight till April 26, with only essential services like grocery stores and pharmacies (with less than three staffers) allowed to remain open.
All religious activities and establishments, “of any kind”, are to be suspended, or closed, till the end of the lockdown period, as are all shopping complexes and malls, and hotels and restaurants, the UP government said in an order issued Monday evening.
Roadside hawkers selling fruits or vegetables, milk and bread sellers will be expected to go off the streets by 11 am every day.
Educational institutions, whether run by the government or a part of the private sector, will also remain closed; this applies to instructors and non-teaching staff too.
Significantly, the order to shut down educational institutions applies to the entire state.
All offices, whether government or private, will remain closed till April 26.
Exceptions will be made for financial institutions, business offering medical or health services, industrial and scientific establishments, and those providing essential services such as municipal functions and public transport.
The Allahabad High Court and other courts will function at its own discretion, the order added.