Giving sought of relaxation to the public at large, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Friday night allowed opening of neighbourhood and stand alone shops, including those located in residential complexes within municipal areas, but at a 50% strength and after taking necessary precautions.
However, shops in market places, multi-brand and single brand malls located in municipality areas shall continue to remain closed till May 3, the order released by Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) stated. The late night order undersigned by Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla will not apply to areas covered under the hotspots or containment zones.
Amending its April 15 order, the Union Home Ministry said “all shops, including neighbourhood shops and standalone shops, shops in residential complexes, within the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities, registered under the the Shops and Establishment Act of the respective State and UT” will be allowed to open during the lockdown.
It is important to note that these relaxations in lockdown restrictions would not applicable in hotspots/containment zones.
The shops will mandatorily have 50 per cent strength of workers wearing of masks and following social distancing. Opening of neighbourhood shops is being seen as a relief to people who have been under lockdown since March 24 to contain the spread of novel coronavirus.