COVID-19 lockdown relaxations: what’s open, what’s shut

In a late night order on Friday, the Centre allowed some more relaxations amidst the ongoing country-wide lockdown to contain Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Under these new guidelines, local shops not selling essential goods can open now too. Thus, for the first time since the lockdown came into place, shops selling both essential and non-essential goods are allowed to open. However, the use of masks have been made mandatory in shops apart from social distancing norms. The shops will have to run with 50 per cent workers. These relaxations however, won’t apply to containment or hotspot zones.

What will remain open

In urban areas, local shops and standalone shops in residential complexes are allowed.

In rural areas, all shops except the ones in malls are allowed to run.

Market complexes outside the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities are allowed relaxation.

Services by self-employed persons like electrician, plumber, motor technician, carpenter and IT-repair technician are allowed.

E-commerce sale of only essential goods are allowed.

What will remain closed

Shops in market complexes and malls are not allowed to open in urban areas.

Barber shops, salons, cinemas, malls, shopping complexes, gyms, sports complexes, swimming pools, parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places will stay closed.

Sale of liquor will continue to be prohibited.

Public transport will remain suspended.

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