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

Passengers in a train after lockdown at New Delhi railway station. Photo: PTI
The Home Ministry on Tuesday listed organisations that will be closed—and exempt--during the 21-day nationwide lockdown against the coronavirus announced by Prime Minister. Here is that list, as released by the ministry with light editing.

Offices of the Government of India, its Autonomous/ Subordinate Offices and Public Corporations shall remain closed.


Defence, central armed police forces, treasury, public utilities (including petroleum, CNG, LPG, PNG), disaster management, power generation and transmission units, post offices, National Informatics Centre, Early Warning Agencies

Offices of the State/ Union Territory Governments, their Autonomous Bodies, Corporations, etc. shall remain closed.


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

District administration and Treasury

Electricity, water, sanitation

Municipal bodies—Only staff required for essential services like sanitation, personnel related to water supply etc

The above offices (SL No 1 & 2) should work with minimum number of employees. All other offices may continue to work-from-home only.

Hospitals and all related medical establishments, including their manufacturing and distribution units, both in public and private sector, such as dispensaries, chemist and medical equipment shops, laboratories, clinics, nursing homes, ambulance etc. will continue to remain functional. The transportation for all medical personnel, nurses, para-medical staff, other hospital support services be permitted.

Commercial and private establishments shall be closed down.


Shops, including ration shops (under PDS), dealing with food, groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, meat and fish, animal fodder. However, district authorities may encourage and facilitate home delivery to minimize the movement of individuals outside their homes.

Banks, insurance offices, and ATMs.

Print and electronic media

Telecommunications, internet services, broadcasting and cable services. IT and IT enabled Services only (for essential services) and as far as possible to work from home.

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

Petrol pumps, LPG, Petroleum and gas retail and storage outlets.

Power generation, transmission and distribution units and services.

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

Cold storage and warehousing services.

Private security services

All other establishments may work-from-home only.

Industrial Establishments will remain closed.


Manufacturing units of essential commodities.

Production units, which require continuous process, after obtaining required permission from the State Government

All transport services — air, rail, roadways — will remain suspended.


Transportation for essential goods only.

Fire, law and order and emergency services.

Hospitality Services to remain suspended


a. Hotels, homestays, lodges and motels, which are accommodating tourists and persons stranded due to lockdown, medical and emergency staff, air and sea crew.

b. Establishments used/ earmarked for quarantine facilities.

All educational, training, research, coaching institutions etc. shall remain closed.

All places of worship shall be closed for public. No religious congregations will be permitted, without any exception.

All social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions / gatherings shall be barred.

In case of funerals, congregation of not more than twenty persons will be permitted.

All persons who have arrived into India after 15.02.2020, and all such persons who have been directed by health care personnel to remain under strict home/ institutional quarantine for a period as decided by local Health Authorities, failing which they will be liable to legal action under Sec. 188 of the IPC.

"All enforcing authorities to note that these strict restrictions fundamentally relate to movement of people, but not to that of essential goods," said the ministry in a notification listing the rules.

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