Shutdown in Srinagar. (File Photo: IANS). Image Source: IANS News

Srinagar, March 22 : A total shutdown is being enforced in Srinagar till March 31 due to coronavirus with essential services being exempt.

Giving details about the shutdown Srinagar DC Shahid Choudhary tweeted: "There will be complete shutdown of establishments in District #Srinagar w.e.f 8PM 22nd March to 6PM 31st March. Essential Services exempted." Meanwhile the J&K government on Sunday issued a list of essential services that can remain open during the curbs imposed in the wake of coronavirus threat.

A government order said: "In view of the situation arising due to COVID-19, the following are declared as Essential services within the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir".

Essential services mentioned in the list include supply of Groceries (wholesalers and retailers), supply of Fresh fruits and vegetables (mandies and retailers), dispensing of petrol/diesel at pumps, milk shops and dairies and related products, supply of cattle feed and fodder, medicines and other pharmaceuticals (retailers, wholesalers and manufacturing), banks and ATMs, supply of LPG (domestic and commercial), health services (including movement of staff thereof), manufacturing of health and medical equipment, telecom operators and their designated agencies.

The other essentials mentioned include newspapers and Post offices, Loading and unloading of Wheat and Rice at FCI and state food depots, transportation of essential commodities through National and State Highways (Petrol, Diesel, Kerosene, Milk, Vegetables, Fruits, groceries, and FCI supplies.

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