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Maharashtra Allows Standalone Liquor Shops In Non-Containment Red Zones

All outlets in market complexes and malls will stay closed (File)


Days after the centre launched tips for the coronavirus lockdown’s third section, Maharashtra, the worst-hit state within the nation, has allowed standalone liquor outlets in high-risk Red zones exterior containment areas.

“Even in the Red zone districts, there are some areas where coronavirus infection has been not prevalent since over a month now. These areas are known as non-containment zones,” Bhushan Gagrani, Maharashtra Principal Secretary, advised reporters.

“Such non-containment areas will have some relaxations, wherein the shops selling non-essential commodities, like clothes, footwear, liquor, stationery, among others will be opened,” he added.

The state authorities in its tips stated solely 5 outlets promoting non-essential objects will likely be allowed in every lane; there isn’t any restriction on the variety of outlets promoting necessities. The store house owners and workers should adhere to the social distancing guidelines enforced to examine the unfold of the virus.

“Only five shops in one lane will be allowed to operate during the entire day. But this particular restriction is not applicable to the shops selling essential items such as medicines and grocery,” he added.

The timings for all outlets will likely be determined by the native authorities, the federal government says.

All outlets in market complexes and malls will stay closed.

Meanwhile, outlets within the worst-hit pink zones in Mumbai and Pune areas will likely be allowed with restrictions.

“The Mumbai MMR area and Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad fall beneath the Red zone. There is a distinction between the opposite 14 districts and the above-mentioned areas. The state authorities has ready yet another class which has Mumbai Corporation, Pune company and PCMC and Malegaon company.

“In this Red zone, we have restricted few activities mentioned in the center’s order. Industries which are allowed in Red zones are not allowed in this zone (MMR & PMR) including private offices,” he stated.

With 12,296 circumstances and over 520 deaths, Maharashtra has the worst coronavirus figures within the nation; Mumbai and Pune are the largest contributors.

The centre final week prolonged the nationwide lockdown until May 17, however eased restrictions in all of the zones.

Standalone outlets, neighborhood outlets and outlets in residential areas can stay open, with none distinction of important and non-essential, it had stated in its order.

In Red zones, e-commerce operators can ship solely important items. However, they’ll ship different merchandise in different zones.

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