Coronavirus: Understand the difference between Lockdown and Curfew

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To fight this epidemic, the state governments along with the central government are taking big steps and in this link lockdown has been announced in many states and about 75 cities of the country. To prevent corona, a full or partial lockdown has been announced in 23 states of the country, including Delhi, and only essential services will continue.

Coronavirus: Understand the difference between Lockdown and Curfew

To prevent the spread of Coronavirus infection, Lockdown has been declared in many places in the country. Despite this, people are moving out of their homes. That is why the entire Government of Punjab has decided to impose curfew today. Now understand what the difference between Lockdown and curfew. If the Lockdown does not work then how will the situation be changed by imposing curfew?

What happens Lockdown?

The truth is that the people of the country are seeing and hearing the Lockdown for the first time. But the meaning of curfew is usually that people understand and accept the whole bandh. In 1893, the epidemic act was enacted. Under this rule, DM and Chief Medical Officer of the district get the right to Lockdown in their area. By applying this, above 5 people get together is not allowed.

During lockdown, the necessary services are turned on. Like ration and grocery shops are open. Banks and ATMs are open. The restaurant may remain open. Milk and vegetable shops will remain open. Media institutions can also be open. There will be no restriction on the arrival of journalists. The IPC’s holdings 269 and 270 apply if the Lockdown rules are broken. Which carries a maximum jail term of 6 months. Action is taken in Section 271 of IPC on those fleeing from the Quarantine. But all these laws come under undisclosed crime and police cannot arrest anyone without the permission of the court.

What happens in Curfew?

As soon as curfew is imposed, all the rights come to the DM of the district or the Police Commissioner of the area. Section 144 of the IPC provides for curfew. On breaking it, action is taken under IPC 188. Police are allowed to arrest anyone if they break the rules. But this cannot happen in Lockdown. As soon as curfew is imposed, the district administration gets complete freedom to take action. No one can get out of the house without a curfew pass. Banks remain closed. Ration shops are also closed. Selling of milk and vegetables is prohibited. The restaurant also has to be closed. Curfew means everything is closed. Only the people of administration and police are seen on the road. Leaving the hospital, all necessary facilities are closed. The biggest thing is that the hands of the administration are tied against those who do not accept the Lockdown. But the police have complete freedom to act on curfew.

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