The Delhi government on Saturday reiterated an order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) concerning shops that are now being allowed to open for business starting April 25. In an order, the MHA had permitted certain shops to reopen, provided that they follow social distancing norms along with safety precautions.
However, the Delhi government has clarified that the order is not applicable to shops or businesses in containment zones.
In its order, the MHA specified that standalone shops and shops in residential areas will be allowed to reopen for business as long as they are registered under the Shops and Establishments Act. Business-owners have also been asked to ensure that their employees wear masks and all social distancing norms are followed with no exceptions.
As of April 25, the Delhi government has classified 92 areas as containment zones. These areas have been sealed by the Delhi Police. Residents of containment zones have been asked not to step out of their homes even for essential supplies. Along with NGOs and volunteers, the Delhi Police is ensuring doorstep delivery of such supplies like food, dairy products and medicine to residents of containment zones.
These steps are being taken to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus in the national capital. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Delhi has 2,514 confirmed cases of Covid-19 to date. This figure includes 857 recoveries and 53 deaths.