Telangana Lockdown Update: A complete dos and don’ts list.
Telangana Lockdown News: The second wave of the pandemic is wreaking havoc on the entire nation. The government is trying its best to break the chain and restore normalcy back to the country. In the wake of rising cases, several states have declared a 10-day lockdown to help curb the spread of the virus. The Telangana state government is one of the last to impose a 10-day lockdown for its residents. The move to impose complete lockdown in Telangana was taken during the state cabinet meeting on Tuesday. With the news of the lockdown, the people of the state have several questions regarding what is allowed, what is restricted and what are the timings for them to go out for essentials. Listed below are a few questions we’re going to answer.
What is the duration of the lockdown?
The lockdown is to be enforced from 12th May to 22nd May 2021. There will be a relaxation of rules every day from 6 am to 10 am for the people to stock up on essentials.
“All the shops and business establishments would be open during this four-hour period. For the remaining 20 hours, the lockdown would be strictly implemented. Only essential services would be allowed during the lockdown,” an official release from the chief minister’s office said.
What is allowed during the Lockdown?
1. Shops dealing with food, groceries, fruits and vegetables, meat and fish, and animal fodder shall be allowed to function from 6 am to 10 am
2. Sale of vegetables and fruits through pushcarts
3. Milk booths
4. Home delivery of essential items
5. Banks, insurance offices and ATM
6. Telecommunication, internet services, broadcasting and cable services
What is restricted during the Lockdown?
1. Schools, colleges, educational/coaching institutions will remain closed
2. Hotels, restaurants, and hospitality services will remain closed
3. All cinema halls, shopping malls, gymnasiums, sports complexes, stadiums, playgrounds, swimming pools, parks, entertainment parks, clubs, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places will remain closed.
4. All social/political/sports/entertainment/academic/cultural/religious functions/ other gatherings and large congregations will be prohibited.
5. All religious places/places of worship shall be closed for the public.
Public transport and travel
The government has decided to open the public transport systems like the RTC and metro from 6 AM to 10 AM. Several check posts are to be set up on the borders of the state to screen through the people coming in from outside. Similarly, permission has been granted to pharmaceutical companies, medical equipment manufacturing units, medical distributors, medical shops, all types of medical and health services and government and private hospitals to run their activity during the lockdown.
Weddings and religious functions.
The state government has restricted the number of people that can attend weddings, funerals and other religious ceremonies. In the interest of reducing crowd contact, only 40 members are allowed to attend a marriage, only the ones with prior permission. For funeral rites, a maximum of 20 people is allowed.
It is advised to stay away from crowded areas and maintain social distancing to prevent getting infected and spread of the virus.
What will happen to my prior AbhiBus bookings?
Prior bookings made on Abhibus will be cancelled and the passengers will be refunded their ticket amount. We respect the rules and decisions taken by the state government, we will do our best to accommodate the interests of our passengers.
About the Vaccinations
The government has also decided to call for global tenders for the purchase of the vaccine. As per updates, the Telangana government is likely to commence the vaccination drive for 18+ from June onwards.
The whole agenda of the lockdown is to reduce crowd transmission of the virus and look after the welfare of the state and its people. The medical personnel and the front lines workers have been working tirelessly to provide the best of service to the sick and ailing. In these trying times, it is our responsibility as a citizen to come together and stand as one and do our best to prevent the spread of the virus. For a little while, let us stay home so that in the near future we can all plan holidays and birthdays and occasions to come together. Let us do our part today to make sure we have a better future to look forward to.