Decision on reopening of shops to be taken by Odisha govt: CP on MHA order

Bhubaneswar: After the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) yesterday gave green signal for reopening of shops during the lockdown, Twin City Commissioner of Police Sudhanshu Sarangi today clarified that decision on implementation of the order in Odisha will be taken by the state Government.

Replying to a query raised by  a Twitter user on the MHA order for reopening of shops,  the CP advised the denizens to wait for the state Government decision  on the subject, which will be taken after considering  the local situation and requirements.

“Until then, shops except for those already exempted will continue to remain closed during the lockdown,” he clarified.

Yesterday, the MHA allowed opening of shops as part of the easing of lockdown restrictions announced on April 15. It said except malls, all shops, including those located in residential complexes within the limits of municipal corporations and  municipalities are now allowed to remain open.

The MHA today again issued a clarification  stating that all shops, except those inside shopping malls are allowed to open in rural areas. And in urban areas, all standalone shops, neighbourhood shops and shops inside residential complexes are allowed to open. It further clarified that sale by e-commerce companies will continue to be permitted for essential goods only.


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