Centre allows neighbourhood shops to open, Punjab yet to decide - ECAS Punjab

Centre allows neighbourhood shops to open, Punjab yet to decide

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Tribune Web Desk

Chandigarh, April 25

In what would come as a huge relief to shopkeepers and the general public, the Centre in a late-night order allowed all neighbourhood shops to open, but with conditions.

However, Punjab government is yet to take a call on these directives, tweeted Special Chief Secretary KBS Sidhu.

"This does not automatically apply to Punjab, where restrictions have been imposed under section 144 CrPC. Please wait for formal announcement by Punjab Government,'' he tweeted.

Meanwhile, the MHA order clarified that Shopping malls would continue to remain closed.

The Union Home Ministry's order makes it mandatory to wear masks, gloves and strictly follow social distancing norms.

"All registered shops regd (registered) under Shops amp; Establishment Act of respective States/ UTs, including shops in residential complexes, neighborhood amp; standalone shops exempted from #lockdown restrictions. Shops in single and multi-brand malls are not exempted," the order read.

"Market complexes, except those within the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities, are allowed to open," the order reads.

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