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New Delhi: In a huge respite to people and business owners, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Friday allowed reopening of all shops across the country with certain conditions. All shops registered under Shops and Establishments Act of respective states and Union Territories will be allowed to reopen, however, shopping malls will continue to remain closed.
Importantly, the relaxations will not be applicable in hotspot/containment zones.
The new order by the Home Ministry means the states will now be able to allow all non-kirana shops like stationery shops, beauty salons, dry cleaners, electrical stores, etc to function with limited capacity.
“All shops registered under the Shops and Establishment Act of the respective State/Union Territory, including shops in residential complexes and market complexes, except shops in multi-brand and single-brand malls, outside the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities, with 50 per cent strength of workers with wearing of masks and social distancing being mandatory,” read the MHA order exempting the above-mentioned shops from lockdown restrictions.
The order further read, “All shops, including neighbourhood shops and standalone shops, shops in residential complexes, within the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities, registered under the Shops and Establishment Act of the respective State and Union Territory, except shops in market complexes and multi-brand and single-brand malls, with 50 per cent strength of workers with wearing of masks and social distancing being mandatory.”
According to the latest figures released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, a total of 23,452 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported in India so far, out of which 4,814 have recovered while 723 have succumbed to the deadly disease.
The ongoing coronavirus lockdown in the country was initially announced for 21 days on March 24, however, it was later extended for another 19 days on April 14. It is scheduled to be lifted on May 3.