Shops to Remain Closed in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot and Surat till 3rd May

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Shops to remain closed

Lot of confusion prevailed among the masses and merchants pertaining to Ministry of Home Affairs notification regarding the opening of shops from 24th April 2020. To address various speculations, the Government and its officials had to repeatedly issue clarifications as to which shops can remain open and which cannot.

Although this was primarily an easing measured considering the business interests of small merchants, many people feared that it may actually undo the controlled situation which has so far been maintained on account of lockdown.

Shops to remain closed

However, on 26th April 2020, Gujarat Government took a decision, not to open any shops under aforementioned notification in four cities of Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot and Surat till 3rd May. This decision has been taken after due discussion with merchant associations and respective Municipal Corporations, who have mutually agreed that given the surge in coronavirus cases in these cities, it will be beneficial to not open the shops as of now.

With this, just like pre-24th April 2020 situation, only those shops selling essential goods and goods meant for daily use will be allowed to remain open. Lockdown order will continue to be strictly enforced in hotspot areas as well as designated containment zones.

Earlier, under Union Home Ministry’s notification, it was clarified that only small stand alone neighbourhood shops and those which are not in any market area or malls will be allowed to open. Among such shops, eateries, barber shop and salons were not included.

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