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Mumbai civic body orders fresh relaxations as infection tallies contract in the city

Shops for non-essential items will now be open from 7 AM to 2 PM on alternate days, from Monday to Friday.

After the heightened rate of positive cases in the first half of April 2021, Mumbai's infection graph undertook a downward trajectory and the tallies have inched closer to the controlled zone now. Keeping this in view, the Brihanmumbai Mumbai Corporation has issued a fresh set of directives for the opening of shops. As per reports, retailers of non-essential items will be allowed to open their establishments from 7 AM to 2 PM from Monday to Friday, for the upcoming 15 days.

E-commerce services for essential & non-essential items allowed

It is to be noted that the civic body has permitted the opening of shops on alternate days. Reportedly, stores on the right side of the street will remain operational on Monday, Wednesday and Friday while the ones on the other end will be allowed to function on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This schedule will be reversed in the following week and all stores will remain shut on weekends.

Further, BMC has ordered that shops of essential items can operate from 7 AM to 2 PM on all days a week, as against the earlier timeline of 7 AM to 11 AM. Additionally, the BMC has also permitted the disbursement of essential and non-essential items under E-commerce, through the orders of 'Break the chain' initiative. According to reports, the directives entail that the shop-owners must ensure that adequate use of masks and sanitisers coupled with proper social distancing is strictly followed.

Mumbai COVID Update

On Monday, 666 new infections were reported in Mumbai while 3,793 individuals recovered from the grip of the deadly virus. Notably, the case tally on Monday has been the lowest in a long period, which stretches over 95 days. 29 deaths were registered on the same day and the city has a total of 24,850 active cases now. Despite the dipping positivity rates, Maharashtra and its capital city stand clamped under ongoing lockdown restrictions till June 15, in a bid to prevent to further block the contagion.

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