The Haryana government has announced that shopping malls and shops will remain shut on every Monday and Tuesday in the urban areas of the state. However, essential goods shops selling medicines and groceries will be allowed to operate.
The state government also mentioned that the shops and malls can remain operational on Saturdays and Sundays. Earlier, the government had ordered all public and private offices except those providing essential services, shopping malls, and shops to remain shut on Saturday and Sunday across Haryana.
An order signed by Chief Secretary Keshni Anand Arora stated, “Whereas the State Disaster Management Authority has reconsidered the matter. The undersigned in the capacity of Chairperson, State Executive Committee hereby directs that to contain further spread of coronavirus in Haryana, shopping malls and shops, except those dealing with essential goods and services shall remain closed on Monday and Tuesday in the market places of urban areas of Haryana. Accordingly, there is no bar on the opening of shops and shopping malls on Saturday and Sunday in these areas. These orders will be applicable till further orders.”
The latest order by the Haryana government comes after several traders and shopkeeper associations from Gurugram wrote to Haryana Chief Minister and district administration, requesting them to lift the weekend restrictions.
Currently, Haryana’s COVID-19 tally stands at 59,298, while 646 people have succumbed to the virus in the state until now.