The Indian government announced this Friday its decision to allow the opening of nearby shops and stores, including those located in residential complexes in urban areas, amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has already left more than 23,000 cases and 1,700 has deaths in the country.
They can also open stores in markets that are outside of municipal businesses and communities. All of these companies must be at 50 percent capacity and can only open if they have taken the necessary precautions to avoid Covid-19 infections such as social distancing. In addition, employees must wear face masks.
However, the order emphasizes that stores in the squares and in all shopping centers should remain closed until May 3, according to local newspaper ‘The Hindu’.
The order issued by the Indian Ministry of the Interior does not apply to so-called infection “hot spots” or “contamination” areas. Earlier this week the government warned of the “seriousness” of the pandemic in the cities of Bombay, Pune, Indore, Jaipur and Calcutta, where the outbreak is “particularly dangerous”.
The metropolitan areas of Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad with a population of around 7.5 million people have been declared “contamination zones”, so that they will remain strictly restricted until April 27.