The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has written to all states and union territories to exempt the staff of notified entities from the nationwide 21-day lockdown.“Stock market operations are to be in line with the Orders of Government of India and State Governments and SEBI Notifications.“ SEBI has written to Chief Secretaries/Administrators of all States/UTs, requesting them to facilitate the functioning and movement of personnel of entities notified by SEBI for the smooth operation of the capital markets,” .Brokers and their staff have raised complaints that they have been stopped from commuting to work by the police, and it has been impacting their operations.The government clarified that all essential services will remain functional. “The order inter alia provides that commercial and private establishments shall be closed down but that the capital and debt market service as notified by the Securities and Exchange Board of India shall be exempted from such closures.It notified that entities such as stock exchanges, clearing corporations, depositories, custodians, mutual funds, stock brokers, trading members, credit rating agencies, foreign portfolio managers, portfolio managers, investment advisers, alternate investment funds (AIFs) will be exempt among other such entities.