Updated: What’s Closed & What’s Open in Pondicherry: Covid-19 Lockdown

Updated: What’s Closed & What’s Open in Pondicherry: Covid-19 Lockdown

Here’s everything that’s closed or open in Pondicherry till April 14 

Pondicherry’s lockdown to contain the spread of Covid19 (Coronavirus) has been extended till April 14.

NEW UPDATE: All groceries/ essential shops- vegetable shops-markets will close by 2.30 pm from April – 14

What’s Open

  1. Ponlait Milk Booths
  2. Vegetable Shops & Fruit Stalls (till 2.30 pm)
  3. Pharmacies
  4. Neighbourhood small grocery stores: READ: Home Delivery Services open during Covid19 Lockdown in Pondicherry
  5. Markets: Gingee Salai Market & Uzhavar Sandhai: Check here for newly created temporary markets open during lockdown.
  6. Insurance, Banks & ATMs : Many banks have limited working hours now – please check with bank website/ number for local info. Opt for digital services when possible
  7. LPG Gas & Petrol Pumps (till 2.30 pm for public as of April 1)
  8. Police, Fire, Traffic, Home Guards, Disaster Management, Prisons, Animal Husbandry, District Admin, Treasury
  9. Sanitation, Electricity, Water, Port
  10. PWD, Municipal bodies -only staff required for essential services like water supply, fumigation, swachatha
  11. Buses: Intra-city/ town
  12. Hospitals and related medical establishments , labs, clinics etc
  13. Hotels & guest houses accommodating tourists stranded during lockdown or earmarked for quarantine
  14. Post office
  15. Print and electronic media
  16. Telecom, Internet, Broadcasting, Cable, IT &ITeS (work from home as much as possible)
  17. Private security services, cold storage, warehousing, power generation & transmission
  18. Manufacturing units of essential commodities and permitted production units
  19. Movement of essential goods


What’s Closed 

Please check the list which is being updated regularly. (Last Update: March 25: 10 pm)

  1. Schools, Colleges, Anganwadis, Educational and training institutes (annual exams cancelled; public exams postponed)
  2. Pondicherry University 
  3. Malls: Providence Mall and Pothys (grocery superstore unit is open)
  4. Gyms , fitness centres , swimming pools and zumba studios
  5. Sports stadiums, sports academies, surf schools
  6. Cinema Theatres
  7. Clubs and Discotheques
  8. Museums & Art Galleries
  9. Sunday Market
  10. Cultural centres
  11. Bars
  12. Wholesale and retail liquor outlets
  13. Parks including Bharathi Park & Botanical Gardens (updated March 19 )
  14. Chunnambar Boat House
  15. Beach Road – Promenade / Rock Beach (both pedestrian & vehicle traffic)
  16. Playgrounds & Lawspet Helipad
  17. Many busy sections of some streets inside the Boulevard are barricaded
  18. Restaurants 
  19. Food delivery services like Swiggy/ Zomato
  20. All Shops except those stocking essentials 
  21. All places of worship
  22. Sri Aurobindo Ashram & Matrimandir
  23. Airport, trains, port, road transport- except transport for essential goods
  24. Goubert Market/ Big Market (Updated March 30)

Closed but open to community

matrimandir in auroville during the Auroville Marathon
Chandrasekaran A:


  1. Auroville: Closed to visitors. Essential and emergency services open for Aurovillians (Updated March 24)
  2. Sri Aurobindo Ashram & associated facilities: Closed. Essential & Emergency services available to Ashramites and volunteers.



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