Mumbai: Covid-19 norms for markets reiterated | Mumbai News


MUMBAI: The Maharashtra Shops and Establishments (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 2017, allows establishments to stay open all night, but a circular issued by the BMC on Tuesday last week prohibits the movement of individuals from 9pm to 5am except for essential activities.
So, even if time restrictions were totally lifted for shops on Tuesday to further ease the lockdown, the curfew will have to be observed and shops will need to close by 9 pm.
“Shopkeepers have been asked to ensure that they maintain social distance from customers, wear masks at all times and make use of sanitisers,” Viren Shah, president, Federation of Retail Traders Welfare Association, said.
Bandra corporator Asif Zakeria said the H-West ward circular allowed shops to go for an odd-even date scheme.
“It would be better if the civic ward-level circular mentions shops on which side shall remain open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and which side on the rest of the days,” he said. “When BMC says odd and even, a shop meant to operate on odd dates will open on June 13, which is Saturday, and can again be open on June 15, Monday, as it is also an odd date. While the shop allowed to operate on an even date will be open on June 12, Friday, and then be continuously shut from Saturday to Monday, starting business again only on June 16, Tuesday.”

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