AGENCIES, New Delhi: The process of reopening the country may have well begun. A month into the nationwide lockdown to check the spread of coronavirus, all shops in residential areas — except those in the malls —- have been allowed to reopen from Saturday, but with conditions. The Union Home Ministry’s late night order — that says masks, gloves and adherence to social distancing norms will be mandatory — comes as a huge relief to shopkeepers and buyers.
“All registered shops under Shops & Establishment Act of respective States/UTs, including shops in residential complexes, neighborhood & standalone shops exempted from #lockdown restrictions,” the Ministry of Home Affairs said in a late-night order, adding that “shops in single and multi-brand malls” are not exempted. “Market complexes, except those within the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities, are allowed to open,” the order reads.
Only 50 per cent of the staff will be allowed in these shops. The relaxations are not applicable to hotspots and containment zones.
In rural and semi-rural areas, all shops and markets that are registered can open as per the order. In cities, only standalone shops and residential shops can open. Salons, barber shops can reopen, but not if in a market complex. Standalone tailor shops in residential complexes can also open.
Malls and cinemas, gymnasiums, sports complexes, swimming pools, bars and auditoriums and liquor stores continue to remain shut.
WHAT REOPENS FROM SATURDAY
- Shops registered under the Shops and Establishment Act of the respective State/Union Territory, including shops in residential complexes and market complexes, outside the municipal corporations and municipalities, will be allowed to open.
- All shops in residential areas and neighbourhood markets will be open.
- In rural and semi-rural areas, all shops and markets that are registered can open. In cities, only standalone shops and residential shops can open.
- Salons, barber shops can reopen, but not if in a market complex.
- Standalone tailor shops in residential complexes can open.
- Shops in registered markets outside municipal corporations and municipalities can open only with 50 per cent staff.
- In urban areas, non-essential goods and services will be allowed to operate provided they are in residential areas or is a standalone shop.
- Market complexes, except those within the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities, are allowed to open.
WHAT REMAINS SHUT
- Malls and cinemas
- Complexes with clusters of shops like Mumbai’s BKC or Delhi’s Khan Market and Nehru Place.
- Shops in multi-brand and single-brand malls outside the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities.
- Shopping complexes, shops in market complexes, multi-brand and single-brand malls.
- Gymnasiums, sports complexes, swimming pools, theatres, bars and auditoriums.
- Liquor shops
- Boutiques in malls