In a major relief to the public at large, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in its latest order permitted the opening of the neighbourhood and stand-alone shops, selling non-essential goods and services, from Saturday (April 25) onwards. The shops that are allowed to open during the coronavirus lockdown from Saturday include those located in residential complexes within and outside the limits of municipalities and municipal areas. However, market complexes within the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities will not open from Saturday.
The concession, however, has not been extended to shops in market places, multi-brand, and single-brand malls located in municipality areas, coronavirus hotspots and containment areas.
The opening of shops selling non-essential goods and services from Saturday, according to the order released by the MHA in a modification of its April 15 order, will be subjected to the conditions that they will run with 50 per cent strength of workers, wearing of masks and following social distancing.
As the government order has now allowed some economic activity, here’s a list of what will remain open and what will remain closed from Saturday:
WHAT WILL OPEN FROM SATURDAY
1. All shops registered under the Shops and Establishment Act of the respective State/Union Territory, including shops in residential complexes and market complexes, outside the municipal corporations and municipalities, will be allowed to open.
2. Neighbourhood shops, standalone shops, and shops in residential complexes, within the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities, will be allowed to open.
3. Shops located in registered markets located outside the municipal corporations and municipalities can open only with 50 per cent staff and following the drill of social distancing and wearing masks.
4. The local salons and parlours will be allowed to operate from Saturday.
5. In rural and semi-rural areas, all the markets have been allowed to open.
6. In urban areas, non-essential goods and services will be allowed to operate provided they are in residential areas or is a standalone shop.
7. In rural areas, non-essentials services can be sold in all kinds of shops.
8. Market complexes, except those within the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities, are allowed to open.
9. All small shops in the neighbourhood will be allowed to open amid the coronavirus lockdown.
All registered shops regd under Shops & Establishment Act of respective States/ UTs, including shops in residential complexes, neighborhood & standalone shops exempted from #lockdown restrictions.
Prohibited: Shops in single & multi brand malls pic.twitter.com/NNz9abgWdA
— Spokesperson, Ministry of Home Affairs (@PIBHomeAffairs) April 24, 2020
WHAT WILL REMAIN CLOSED
1. Shops in multi-brand and single-brand malls outside the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities will not open.
2. Shops in market complexes, multi-brand and single-brand malls within the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities will not open from Saturday.
3. Big shops/brands/market places will remain shut.
4. In urban [municipal] areas, market complex like Nehru Place, Lajpat Nagar etc will not open.
WHAT IS MANDATORY FOR THE SHOPS THAT ARE ALLOWED TO OPEN?
1. In all the shops, within and outside the limits of municipalities and municipal corporations, that are allowed to open from Saturday, will mandatorily have 50 per cent strength of workers.
2. All the workers must be wearing masks.
3. All the workers in the shops that are allowed to open from Saturday amid coronavirus lockdown must be observing social distancing.
RELAXATIONS DON’T APPLY TO
The MHA relaxations are not applicable to hotspots and containment zones.
As for the liquor shops, the home ministry has clarified that alcohol comes under a separate clause and not under the Shops and Establishment Act of the respective State/Union Territory. So, no liquor for the people in lockdown.
The home ministry order to reopen neighbourhood shops providing non-essential services comes on the eve of holy month of Ramzan is being seen as a relief to people who have been under lockdown since March 24 to contain the spread of novel coronavirus.