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On Friday Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) revising it’s guidelines ordered to exempt Shops from lockdown restrictions. MHA has ordered to exempt all shops under Shops & Establishment Act of States/ UTs. All shops are exempted who fall in non-hotspot areas including shops in residential complexes and market complexes, except shops in multi-brand & single-brand malls, outside limits of Municipal Corporations from revised consolidated lockdown restrictions.
Amending the guidelines, MHA on April 24 announced to give relaxation to Shops registered under State or Union Territories Establishment Acts. Taking a review of the situation, shops fallen in Hotspot areas and Contained areas are not given any relaxation.
MHA's order came when large number of reports had registered from different states where shopkeepers lodged their complaints because of stop on their daily incomes & wastage of shop items. Ministry of Home Affairs taking a review of situation ordered on Friday to the Secretaries of Ministries, Departments of Govt of India and Chief Secretaries and Administration of all States & UTs to exempt shops from lockdown restrictions.
Relaxations not applicable in Hotspots/containment zones: Ministry of Home Affairs https://t.co/847u21F5D8— ANI (@ANI) April 24, 2020
According to Home Ministry order only those shops to exempt from lockdown restrictions which ade under Shops & Establishment Act of States/UTs, including shops in residential complexes and market complexes. These shops can function with 50% strength of workers with wearing of masks and maintaining social distancing, are mandatory.
We'll easily implement the decision to open shops in rural areas. But as far as implementation in urban areas is concerned,we'll do it as per conditions in centre's notification. A meeting,chaired by CM,will be held in afternoon;decision to be taken after discussion:Gujarat Dy CM pic.twitter.com/HC6VmjiqTJ— ANI (@ANI) April 25, 2020
MHA issues clarification on order allowing the opening of shops. MHA clarified the list of shops- to open or not. According to clarification- In rural areas, all shops, except those in shopping malls are allowed to open. In urban areas, all standalone shops, neighbourhood shops & shops in residential complexes are allowed to open.
Shops to open-
Shops in multi-brand & single-brand malls, outside limits of Municipal Corporations are not exempted from revised consolidated lockdown restrictions. All shops come under Hotspot areas, Containment areas are also not exempted from consolidated Lockdown restrictions. As specified in the consolidated revised guidelines, these shops will not be permitted to open in areas, whether rural or urban, which are declared as containment zones by respective States/ UTs, said Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)
Note- The detailed guidelines for other services / sectors to remain same as laid down by MHA as revised guidelines till May 3. At Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare the orders are prescribed.