Centre allows shops within municipal limits to function partly from today

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New Delhi: As part of easing of lockdown restrictions, the union government late on Friday night issued orders allowing the opening of shops within the city and all shops except those in malls allowed outside the municipal limits with 50 per cent strength of workers.

The Union Home Ministry in its orders signed by Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla stated that the neighbourhood and standalone shops, including those selling garments, mobile phones, hardware, and stationery items have been allowed to open but those located in market places, malls, and COVID-19 hotspot and containment zones, will continue to remain shut till May 3.

In rural areas, all shops, except those in single and multi-brand shopping malls, are allowed to open except for liquor and cigarette shops, sale of non-essential items through e-commerce platforms besides restaurants, hair salons, and barbershops will continue to remain shut as they do not come under the shop category.

The order further said: “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 UT will be allowed to open during the lockdown whereas shops located in registered markets located outside the municipal corporations and municipalities can open after following the drill of social distancing and wearing of masks but with 50 per cent of strength”.