Lockdown: Banking hours changed, says DC

RNS: In view of Coronavirus infection, the working hours of banks have been changed. Deputy Commissioner Bokaro Mukesh Kumar has issued an order and has fixed the time of all banks from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. Sanitization has been made mandatory in banks on every working day after the completion of work, order reveals. Prime Minister Narendra Modi imposed a nationwide lockdown for 21 days on Tuesday night in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

In order to prevent the proliferation of COVID-19 the District Control Room has been made more effective in order to ensure compliance of the said order and to carry out other activities smoothly, under which shift-wise deputation of senior officer, magistrate and police officer has been done. The district control room will work 24 hours, in three shifts. In each shift, there will be one senior officer and four associates besides them. The first shift will be from 6:00 am to 02:00 pm, Second, from 02:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Third shift from 10:00 pm to 06:00 am, stated in the order.

Banks, insurance offices, and ATMs; Essential services like sanitation, water supply, power; Hospitals and all related medical establishments, including manufacturing and distribution units, both in public and private sector, such as dispensaries, chemists, labs, clinics, nursing homes, ambulance; Transport for all medical personnel, nurses, paramedical staff, other hospital support; Shops, including ration shops (under PDS), dealing with food, groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, meat and fish, animal fodder; Home delivery of food, medicines, medical equipment; Print and electronic media; Telecommunications, internet services, broadcasting and cable services and IT-enabled services (for essential services); Petrol pumps, LPG, petroleum and gas retail, 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; Manufacturing units of essential commodities; Production units, which require continuous process, after obtaining required permission from State Government; Transport of essential goods, fire, law and order and emergency services; Hotels, homestays, lodges and motels accommodating tourists and those stranded due to lockdown, medical and emergency staff, air and sea crew, establishments used for quarantine; Defence, central armed police forces, treasury; Public utilities like petroleum, CNG, LPG; Disaster management, post offices, police, home guards, fire and emergency services, prisons are exempted during the complete lockdown period. “In funerals, not more than 20 persons will be permitted,” informed an official.

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