In a decision taken by the central government major relief is seen coming for people who were reportedly struggling to find essential goods around their residences during the Coronavirus lockdown. The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued an order exempting all shops that are registered under the Shops & Establishment Act of States/UTs. The shops can open following the protocols and adhering to social distancing measures, with 50 percent of their working staff in shifts.
The order was tweeted by the ANI, stating, the “revised consolidated lockdown restrictions”, exempted shops in residential complexes and market complexes, but the order has not exempted malls, shops in multi-brand and single-brand malls, and those outside limits of Municipal Corporations.
It is stated in the order that, the head of the organisation/establishment will be responsible for implementing social distancing and ensuring proper hygiene practices while adhering to the standard operating procedures to be followed during the COVID-19 lockdown.