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Govt. Allows Some Shops To Open: What Shops Can & Cannot Open?

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Union home ministry on Friday, 24th April 2020 announced that a few more shops that come under the non-essential category can be opened with immediate effect. The shops that are included in the list to open from Saturday, 25th April 2020 only include standalone shops which are located near residential areas within or outside the limits of the municipality and municipal areas. Also, stores in market places or in malls are still advised to remain shut. Another major notification was if your area is declared as a hotspot or as a containment zone it will remain shut until 3rd May. Upon the lift, Union Home Ministry also informed that the full discretion whether or not to open additional shops will be State Government’s or Union Territory Government’s call.

What shops can be opened from Saturday 25th April 2020?

1.) Shops That Can Be Open Are:

  • Standalone Garment shops, mobile phone shops, hardware stores, and stationery items store located near residential areas and not in malls or market place. These can be open only if your store resides in a non-hotspot or non-containment zone. If your store location is declared as a hotspot zone or containment zone, then it should remain shut till the 3rd of May 2020.

  • In rural areas, all the shops can be open, except for the ones in market complexes or malls or market places.

2.) What Shops Cannot Be Opened?

  • The Union Home Ministry also notified that all the malls, liquor stores, cigarette stores, and the sale of non-essential items on e-commerce platforms will remain shut.
  • Restaurants, hair salons, and barbershops will not be allowed to open as they do not fall under the shop category.

  • Cinema theatres, malls, shopping complexes, gyms, sports complexes, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, and auditoriums, assembly halls will remain closed.

  • Big brands, large shops, and market places will remain closed.

3.) Mandatory Requirements To Meet if You Are Opening Your Stores:

Also, the Union Home Ministry has announced that “All shops registered under the Shops and Establishment Act of the respective State/UT, 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% strength of workers with wearing of masks and social distancing being mandatory”.

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