In rural areas, all shops, except those in shopping malls are allowed to open Credit: Representational image

New Delhi: The Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) has issued a clarification on its new order allowing opening of shops.

As per a press released issued by the MHA, the order dated April 24, 2020 on amendments in the consolidated revised guidelines on lockdown measures to allow opening of shops implies that:

* In rural areas, all shops, except those in shopping malls are allowed to open.

* In urban areas, all standalone shops, neighbourhood shops and shops in residential complexes are allowed to open. Shops in markets/ market complexes and shopping malls are not allowed to open.

The clarification issued by MHA

Meanwhile, the MHA clarified that sale by e-commerce companies will continue to be permitted only for essential goods.

The ministry further clarified that sale of liquor and other items continues to be prohibited as specified in the national directives for COVID-19 management.

However, as specified in the consolidated revised guidelines, the shops will not be permitted to open in areas, whether rural or urban, which are declared as containment zones by respective states or union territories.

The order issued by the Union ministry of home affairs on Friday

However, the Assam has not yet decided on the relaxation of ongoing lockdown so far. According to an update by DIPR Assam, chief secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna has informed that no relaxation of ongoing lockdown has yet been decided by the government of Assam like opening of shops, beauty parlours, etc. A decision in this regard will be taken only on 27 April, 2020, it added.

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