Revised Lockdown Guidelines allows All Shops to Open: Here’s list of what will be open what will be not from Saturday

Coronavirus Lockdown Restrictions to Ease: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that from 20th April onwards, certain restrictions announced under COVID-19 lockdown will be eased and more activities will be permitted. Get complete list of what’s allowed and what isn’t and what will be open and what will be not here.

Apr 25, 2020 10:17 IST
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MHA’s Revised Lockdown Guidelines: Home Minister issued revised set of guidelines allowing further easing of lockdown restrictions from 25th April - Saturday onwards. As per the new guidelines, all shops will be allowed to remain open with a few exceptions in non-hotspot or non-containment zones. The biggest relief this time has been provided to shops dealing in non-essential items, as almost all shops are allowed to remain open in non-containment zones. However, these relaxations have been extended along with some restrictions and conditions that traders and business-men have to follow, while conducting their business.

Get complete list of what’s open what’s not and the conditions that need to be followed for opening of shops.

List of Shops / Established Allowed to be Open

As per the latest lockdown guidelines circular released by the Home Ministry, all shops in non-hotspot or non-containment areas are allowed to remain open. Check out the complete list below:

  1. As per the revised MHA guidelines, all shops which are registered under the ‘Shops and Establishment Act’ of the respective state / the union territory, can remain open (except for in non-containment zones) from 25th April 2020 i.e. Saturday.
  2. Shops that are part of market complexes and residential complexes, which fall outside the limit of municipal corporations and municipalities will also allowed to be open
  3. All shops i.e. neighbourhood shops, standalone shops, and shops in residential complexes which fall under the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities are allowed to remain open
  4. All shops which are part of registered markets outside the municipal corporations and municipalities will be allowed to remain open
  5. All market-places located in rural and semi-rural areas, including shops selling non-essential items
  6. Standalone Shops / Shops in residential areas selling non-essential commodities allowed to remain open in urban areas

What are the  Conditions for Opening of Shops?

  1. Traders and businessmen opening shops under these relaxations have to compulsorily follow social distancing while conduct of business.
  2. These shops are allowed to operate only with 50% of the registered staff,
  3. All staff-members will have to compulsorily wear face masks during operation of business / shop

What will remain closed?

The MHA guidelines have also clarified the list of establishments that are still not allowed to open as part of the lockdown guidelines. These include:

  1. Shops and Businesses based in multi-brand or single-brand malls (falling both, within and outside limits of municipal corporations and municipalities)
  2. Cinema Halls, Malls, Large Shopping Complexes, Gymnasiums, Swimming Pools will not be allowed to open
  3. Auditoriums, Theatres, Bars and Pubs, Sports Establishments will not be allowed to open
  4. Big shops/brands/market places will remain shut.
  5. Large Municipal Market Places will not be allowed to open (in urban areas)

The current easing of lockdown restrictions come in addition to the ones announced on 20th April 2020. The complete details for the same is given below. 

Earlier Updates

The Ministry of Home Affairs released a detailed document confirming the list of activities that are allowed from 20th April 2020 onwards. However, final easing of restrictions will be enabled by the respective state governments, which can provide relaxations in the lockdown restrictions. On similar lines, the guidelines also prescribed the activities in which no relaxation is allowed until 3rd May 2020.

Get complete list of what’s allowed and what isn’t and what will be open and what will be not here.

What is allowed from 20th April 2020 onwards?

As directed by PM Modi in his 14th April speech, to get the economy moving, certain select activities, industries and sectors are allowed relaxations from lockdown rules starting 20th April 2020. These activities are allowed only in non-hotspot / green zone / ‘Non Containment Areas’ or areas from where no cases of COVID-19 have been found.

  • Offices of Government of India, Offices of State Government and UT Administration
  • All health services, including AYUSH
  • All agriculture and horticulture activities
  • All operations of fishing (marines / inland) and aquaculture industry
  • Tea, coffee and rubber plantations (with 50% workforce)
  • All operations of Animal Husbandry industry
  • Financial institutions like banks
  • MNREGA works, social sector work and public utilities
  • Select commercial and private establishments
  • Supply of essential goods
  • IT and IT enabled Services, with upto 50% strength
  • Industries operating in rural areas
  • Kirana stores without any restrictions on time
  • Print and Electronic media, including broadcast, DTH and cable services
  • Self-employed professionals such as plumbers, electricians, IT repair persons, motor mechanics and carpenters
  • Select commercial and private establishments
  • Select industries / industrial establishments
  • Select construction activities
  • Private vehicles for emergency services (medical / veterinary care / procurement of essential goods)
  • People travelling to work in exempted category

What is prohibited eve after 20th April 2020 relaxation?

The following activities will remain prohibited and following establishments will remain closed even after 20th April in non-hotspot / green zone / non-containment areas, as they will not be allowed any relaxations under the lockdown rules.

  • All public transport including buses, trains and flights (except for security / essential services purpose)
  • All taxis, auto-rickshaws, cycle rickshaws, cab aggregator services
  • All public places including cinema halls, multiplexes, malls, shopping centres, gymnasiums, sports facilities, entertainment parks, swimming pools, theatres, bars, assembly halls,
  • All religious places of worship and religious congregations
  • All social, political, cultural, entrainment, academic, religious and sports functions
  • All metro trains / transportation
  • All educational institutions, schools, coaching classes and training institutes
  • All industrial and commercial activities except those allowed
  • Hospitality services, except for those allowed under MHA guidelines
  • Delivery of non-essential services by online / e-commerce companies
  • Inter-district or inter-state transport of people, except for medical emergencies

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