By Ishaan Seth
Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in an order issued later on Friday night allowed shops selling non-essential items to pen from April 25 in non-hotspot areas.
The MHA order is applicable only to shops in market complexes under the limits of Municipal Corporation and municipalities. It is only applicable to local shops registered with the Municipal Corporation and not in shopping complexes and malls.
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 Establishments Act of the respective states and union territories.
This MHA order also makes it clear that all such establishments permitted to operate will work with 50 percent strength of workers with each of them wearing masks and social distance being mandatory.
Also markets in rural and semi-rural areas will be open where even non-essential items can be sold.