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These guidelines about post-lockdown precautions were not issued by Police department

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A message is being circulated on social media claiming it as the post-lockdown guidelines issued by the Police department for the safety of people in the country. These purported guidelines from the Police department advice people to follow a few precautionary measures like not wearing costly watches and chains, avoid travelling in crowded buses, instructing children to return home early among others. This post claims that Police have asked people to follow these guidelines at least for three months. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be seen here.

Claim: Post-lockdown guidelines issued by the Police Department for the safety of people in the country.

Fact: The guidelines shared in the post were not issued by any of the state police departments in the country. Mumbai Police through a tweet clarified that these guidelines were not issued by them and rated this message as fake. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.

When we searched to check whether any state police department had issued these post-lockdown guidelines for people, we could not find any news report mentioning such guidelines from any of the state police departments in the country. If any state police department had issued such post-lockdown guidelines for people, several news websites would have published articles reporting this information. But, we could not find any such news article on the internet. Also, there are no such guidelines on the official website of the Ministry of Home Affairs.  

When this message went viral on social media last year, Mumbai Police issued a clarification through a tweet on 07 June 2020. Mumbai Police had clarified that the message attributing to the Police department is fake, and they had not issued these post-lockdown guidelines for people.

To sum it up, these guidelines mentioning the post-lockdown precautions for people were not issued by the police department.

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