Mumbai, March 26, 2020: In order to reduce crowds at shops selling essential commodities, Maharashtra government has taken a decision to allow all such shops to remain open for 24 hours.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said, “All shops selling essential commodities, groceries and medicines are allowed to operate 24hours. It is mandatory for them to fully adhere to social distancing measures, enforce gaps with marking & ensure sanitation & cleanliness.”
He further tweeted, “Please share this to make sure there is no confusion & crowding outside shops. With shops being allowed to be open 24×7, it is mandatory for them to fully adhere to social distancing measures, enforce gaps with marking & ensure sanitation & cleanliness.”
Earlier he took a review meeting with the Chief Secretary, Secretaries of relevant departments and Municipal Commissioner to take stock of the situation. Fully adhering to social distancing, temperature check, sanitising and open air, the meeting was held in the lawn of Chief Minister’s Official bungalow Varsha.
The number of Coronavirus positive cases has increased to 124 today in Maharashtra. A total of 15 persons have been cured and discharged from hospital in the state. After the lockdown was ordered in Maharashtra, it was seen that people rushed to shops, vegetable markets and gathered in large number thus defeating the purpose of lockdown. Therefore, government’s decision to allow shops to remain open round the clock will help in reducing people at shops, vegetable markets.
The government has allowed online food aggregators and home delivery service providers to supply essential commodities.