COVID-19: MHA notification prohibits non-essential e-commerce deliveries amid lockdown

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The Union Home Ministry issued a note of clarification regarding the delivery of non-essential items by e-commerce firms and firmly prohibited such a service throughout the nation amid the lockdown.

“Supply of non-essential goods by e-commerce companies to remain prohibited during Lockdown 2 to fight COVID,” said a spokesperson of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Earlier, the government had eased the restrictions on e-commerce firms and had said that the firms will be permitted to deliver even non-essential items to the areas not deemed to be containment zones. Many companies had made elaborate plans to deliver and even started taking orders.

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Some states like Karnataka, Maharashtra and Odisha had made plans to kickstart the economy through e-commerce firms.

However, this note by the Union Home Ministry will seek to impart a note of caution in the fight against the deadly Coronavirus and prohibit non-essential deliveries.

The period of national lockdown initially enforced for 21 days has now been extended till May 3.

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