Lockdown in India has been going on across the country for the last one month to prevent the coronavirus epidemic. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Home Affairs gave the good news to millions of shopkeepers of the country on Friday night. The Ministry has issued an order to allow registered shops in all the states and union territories to be opened with conditions from Saturday morning. However shopping malls and shopping complexes will not open yet. This exemption is only for those shops which do not come under the jurisdiction of municipal corporations and municipalities.
It is being told that this order of the Ministry of Home Affairs has been issued in view of the commencement of the month of Ramadan. The government has also imposed certain conditions in its order. Accordingly, all the shops should be registered under the Establishment Act of the respective state / union territories. Only 50% of the staff is allowed to work in these shops. Also they have to follow the rules of social distancing. Those working in the shop will also have to apply masks.
Single and multibrand malls will not open
In the order, Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla has clarified that markets falling within the limits of Municipal Corporation and Municipality will not open. Shops here will remain closed till May 3, the date of the lockdown. Apart from this, single and multibrand malls will also not be opened. The order is an amendment to the guidelines (Section 14) issued on 15 April under which certain activities were relaxed from 20 April.
Hotspot zone shops will not open
Shops in the Corona Hotspot and Containment Zone are also not allowed to open. Only shops with essential goods were allowed to open during lockdown. This includes ration, vegetable and fruit shops. Now, with the permission to open all the necessary and unnecessary shops, it is expected that the business will be back on track once again. Businesses have lost crores of rupees due to the shutdown due to continued lockdown for one month.
School bookstore discounts already
Let me tell you that earlier on April 21, the government, taking necessary steps, gave permission to open school books shops. In addition, shops selling electric fans were also removed from the list of restrictions. The Ministry of Home Affairs had said that bread factories and flour mills located in urban areas can also start work during lockdown. This step was taken by the government to ensure that the corona virus lockdown does not affect the education of children.