India Under Lockdown: Govt Allows Local Shops To Reopen

Amid lockdown, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), in its latest order issued yesterday, permitted shops selling non-essential goods and services to reopen from today.

Note: The relaxation does not apply to hotspots and containment areas.

However, the Delhi government has put a hold on the order and will take a call on 27th April.

Here’s what you need to know:

> As per the order, all shops registered under Shops & Establishment Act of respective States/ UTs, including shops in residential complexes, neighbourhood & standalone shops are exempted from lockdown restrictions.

> All shops and markets in rural and semi-rural areas that are registered are allowed to operate

> Standalone tailor shops in residential complexes can also reopen

Shops in registered markets outside municipal corporations and municipalities can open only with 50% staff. But they have to wear masks and follow social distancing norms

> Market complexes, except those within the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities, can also reopen

Here’s what is still prohibited:

> Malls, cinema hall, boutiques (inside malls), liquor shops will remain shut

> Complexes with clusters of shops cannot open

> Salons and barbershops will remain closed

Shops in multi-brand and single-brand malls outside the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities are not exempted by the new order