Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed to all citizens to observe a ‘Janata Curfew’ on Sunday the 22nd March from 7 a.m to 9 p.m. This is a part of the social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in India. He appealed to the people to stay indoors as far as possible, to work from home and not to indulge in panic buying or hoarding of food items as he assured that essential items like food items, milk and medicine would be made available.
All international commercial passenger aircrafts would not be allowed to land between the 22nd and the 29th of March in India. Senior citizens above 60 years of age were urged to avoid going out for the next two weeks. He requested people to step on their balconies or doorsteps at 5 p.m. on March 22nd to clap or beat thalis to express their appreciation for doctors, hospital workers, those who work in airports, railways and other essential services. Employers have been asked to pay their employees their full wages to reduce the economic impact.