New Delhi: The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government on Saturday decided to implement the Ministry of Home Affairs’ (MHA) latest guidelines on opening of shops. Speaking to a news agency, a Delhi government official informed that standalone shops and shops in non-hotspot residential areas will remain open, but they will have to be abide by MHA’s norms. Also Read - Coronavirus LIVE: US to Ship First Tranche of Ventilators to India Next Week
“No activity will be allowed in containment zones. Standalone shops and and shops in residential areas will open with social-distancing strictly followed”, said the official. Notably, there are 95 containment zones in the national capital. Also Read - Former Pakistan First-Class Cricketer Riaz Sheikh Dies of Suspected Coronavirus
In a late night order yesterday, the Centre allowed neighbourhood and stand-alone shops in urban areas including those located in residential complexes to open. “In urban areas, all standalone/neighbourhood shops & shops in residential complexes are allowed to open. Shops in markets/market complexes & shopping malls are not allowed to open,” the MHA said in a statement. Also Read - New Zealand Pacer Lockie Ferguson Gearing up For IPL if it Happens This Year
Earlier in the day, the Aam Aadmi Party government in the national capital had said that any decision on the order would be taken after a review of the situation on Saturday.
“A decision will be taken this afternoon. Delhi has 92 hotspots… entire city or district is not a containment zone. Whatever is finalised, will be started only after April 30,” ANI had quoted Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain as saying.
After Maharashtra and Gujarat, the national capital has third highest number of coronavirus cases in India. Delhi’s tally of confirmed cases stood at 2,514. To combat the spread of COVID-19, the Kejriwal govt has restricted the exit and entry of people in hotspots – spread across all 11 districts.