MHA allows opening of the Neighbourhood and Standalone Shops, but not Markets

Ministry of Home Affairs on behalf of the Central Government allows opening of the neighbourhood and stand-alone shops, but malls remain to stay shut.

Updated: Apr 25, 2020 12:46 IST

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Hari Aditya

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Tags: India Corona

A Relaxation for Opening Shops by MHA

During the ongoing lockdown, neighborhood and standalone stores, including those found in residential buildings, are permitted to open in urban areas while those in the markets remain closed until May 3. In rural areas, all shops are permitted to open except those in shopping malls. In a late-night order on Friday, the Home Ministry also said malls continue to remain shut but markets in rural areas can open.

However, the opening of shops located in COVID-19 hotspot and containment zones, sale of non-essential items by e-commerce platforms, and sale of liquor continue to be prohibited. Amending its April 15 order, the Union Home Ministry said "all shops, including neighborhood 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.

The ministry also said that shops situated in licensed markets outside the municipal corporations and municipalities will open after the social distancing and mask-wearing drill but with 50 percent strength.