Government permit opening.of neighbourhood and standalone shops in a late night order.

The government on Friday night permitted opening of neighbourhood and stand alone shops, including those located in residential complexes within municipal areas, but at a 50 per cent strength and after taking necessary precautions in the light of coronavirus pandemic, which has infected over 23,000 and claimed 723 lives so far in India.

However, shops in market places, multi-brand and single brand malls located in municipality areas shallc ontinue to remain closed till May 3, the order released by Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) stated. The late night order, undersigned by Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, will not apply to areas covered under the hotspots or containment zones.