Maharashtra allows 'non-essential' shops to open with restricted hours
Fashion and beauty stores can begin to restart retail operations as the Maharashtra state government has announced that, depending on the location, some ‘non-essential’ stores can reopen with limited hours.
The Maharashtra government has divided the state into municipal corporation areas and rural districts and will impose tailored restrictions on each area based on its Covid-19 infection rate, the state government announced on Sunday. Restrictions will also take into account the healthcare capacity of each area including oxygen capacity.
‘Non-essential’ stores will be able to open if they are stand-alone outlets and shops in malls and shopping centres will remain closed. Shops will be able to open until 2pm in certain areas but will remain closed on the weekends. In areas with a lower case rate of below 10%, including Thane, essential stores will also be able to stay open for longer.
“There shall however be no serving of any customers beyond permitted times over the counter,” the authorities announced, TNN reported.
“Anyone breaking these orders shall be closed till the period of notification of corona pandemic is in operation in addition to fines mentioned in earlier order dated May 12, 2021. Home deliveries are allowed during the period permitted by DMA [disaster management authority] and must be encouraged by considering permitting for longer periods.”
E-commerce businesses will also be able to deliver non-essential items in areas with a coronavirus case rate of below 10%. Delivery regulations will be in place for health and safety and there will be restrictions on movement after 3pm.
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