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COVID-19: Ban order to enforce lockdown in Bengaluru (2nd Ld)

Bengaluru, March 23 (IANS) City police enforced a ban to ensure complete lockdown in Bengaluru till March 31 to contain the coronavirus pandemic, a top official said on Monday.

“As directed by the state government to enforce the lockdown completely, assembling of more than five persons in public places will be banned across the city from Tuesday till March 31 under section 144 of the Cr PC,” Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao told reporters here.

The ban order will not allow passenger vehicles to enter or exit the city.

The police commissioner said that the movement of all private vehicles will be monitored by the police.

Takeaway services at restaurants are also banned, including revoking permission for darshinis or hotel across the city to operate.

Similarly, all bars, pubs and restaurants will be shut.

Rao ordered all paying guest houses and lodges in the city to shut down till March 31.

All the city flyovers will be shut, city borders sealed, ride hailing apps Ola and Uber will also not offer rides, including taxis and autorickshaws.

Religious places such as temples, churches and mosques will also remain closed during the ban order.

All shops will be closed except those selling essential products and services.

The ban order will also not allow children to play in the streets.

The top cop said legal action will be initiated against people trying to mislead the police.

–IANS

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