Lockdown relax

Ministry of Home Affairs allowing certain categories of shops registered under the Shops and Establishment Act to open. The order said that shops in market complexes outside municipal corporation and municipality limits, are exempt from revised consolidated lockdown restrictions.

The government also allowed opening of neighbourhood and stand alone shops, including those located in residential complexes within municipal areas. The Home Ministry’s order has made it mandatory for shops to operate at a 50 per cent strength and after taking necessary precautions. However, the order signed by Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, made it clear that shops in multi-brand and single brand malls located in municipality areas shall continue to remain closed till May 3. The relaxations also do not apply in hotspots and containment zones.

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