The Government has allowed certain shops registered under the Shops and Establishment Act of the respective states and UTs and market complexes outside municipality areas to resume operations from Saturday onwards.
This was announced in an order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs. The latest order is a modification of the earlier order issued by the ministry on April 15.
As per the MHA notification, some shops can operate and sell non-essential items on some conditions—only 50 per cent staff are allowed and they will have to maintain social distancing and wear masks. Shops of hotspot and containment zones would remain closed till May 3.
“In Sub-clause 1 (x), the term ‘shopping complexes’ is replaced with ‘market complexes within the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities,” reads the order.
In addition, the order makes inclusions in sub-clause (xiii) and (xiv) under Clause 14 on commercial and private establishments to include all shops registered under the Shops and Establishment Act of the respective states and union territories. This is inclusive of shops in residential complexes and market complexes. However, it leaves out shops in multi-brand and single-brand malls. “With 50 per cent strength of workers with wearing of masks and social distancing being mandatory,” says the order.
All markets in rural and semi-rural areas
In the rural areas, non-essential items can be sold in all kinds of shops and Shops and Establishment Act doesn’t act on them
Non-essential items can be sold in urban areas if the shop is located at a residential area of is a standalone shop (registered under the Shops and Establishment Act)
Local salons and parlours
Market complexes in urban (municipal) areas like Nehru Place and Lajpat Nagar will remain closed
Shops in multi-brand and single-brand malls
Cinema halls, malls, shopping complexes, gymnasiums, sports complexes, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and other such places.