Neighbourhood, standalone shops can open in urban areas
Those in markets, market complexes and malls will remain shut, says govt.
- All shops in rural areas, except those in malls, could open. In urban areas, all standalone and neighbourhood shops and those in residential complexes are allowed to open but not those in markets, market complexes and shopping malls.
- The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said all restaurants, salons and barber shops would remain closed as they “render services” and the relaxation was granted only to shops selling items.
- liquor shops continued to be prohibited and e-commerce platforms could only be used for the sale of essential items.
- MHA made amendments to the April 15 consolidated revised guidelines on lockdown measures, issued under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, to allow the States to decide on the additional public activities to be allowed from April 20 in non-hotspot zones.