Mohali administration allows odd-even for shops

District Magistrate says shops can operate between 5 am and 5 pm; private offices to work with 33 pc staff

Mohali administration allows odd-even for shops

In a major relief to traders and shopkeepers in Mohali, the district administration has allowed opening of shops on odd-even basis from 5 am to 5 pm. - File photo

Sanjay Bumbroo

Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 7

In a major relief to traders and shopkeepers in Mohali, the district administration has allowed opening of shops on odd-even basis from 5 am to 5 pm.

“In exercise of his powers conferred under Section 144 of the CrPC, the District Magistrate has ordered with effect in continuation and partial modification of pervious orders that shops in the district can remain open on odd-even basis between 5 am and 5 pm,” read an order issued by the district administration here today.

The order further stated that “no shopping malls or single/multi-brand retail standalone shops shall open – except shops selling essential items in these malls/complexes”. However, all shops will remain open in villages in three subdivisions of the district.

District Magistrate Girish Dayalan, meanwhile, informed that even number shops would remain open on even dates, i.e., May 10, 12 and so on, while odd number shops would be allowed to operate on odd dates, i.e., May 11, 13 and so on.

MC Mohali shall be responsible for marking shops as odd-even through respective market associations under the overall supervision of ADM/SDM, said Dayalan.

Market associations would have to appoint Covid monitors and their names should be prominently displayed, said the DM, adding that they would be personally responsible for ensuring adherence to Covid norms, he added.

“Restaurants/eateries can open – only for home delivery till 9 pm. Both management and customer shall be held liable for violations, if any,” read the order. “Services provided by self-employed persons such as electricians, plumbers, IT repairs, etc., shall also be allowed,” it added.

Private offices are allowed to open without any separate permission. However, Dayan said in order to avoid crowding and congestion only 33

per cent staff should be called to office at any given time. He also insisted that heads of all offices should encourage work from home.

As per the order, the staff/employees concerned can travel to and from work only on production of their ID cards and misuse will invite strict penal action.

Covid monitors shall be appointed by private offices and their names shall be prominently displayed. They shall be personally responsible for ensuring adherence to Covid guidelines, read the order. All private offices should ensure that their staff/employees are tested regularly – preferably every two weeks, it added.

Dayalan said any person showing symptoms should be asked to isolate and tested immediately.

Latest order

In exercise of his powers conferred under Section 144 of the CrPC, the District Magistrate has ordered in continuation and partial modification of pervious orders that shops in the district can remain open on an odd-even basis between 5 am and 5 pm.

Key info

  • All shops will remain open in villages in three subdivisions of the district.
  • No shopping malls or single/ multi-brand retail standalone shops shall open – except shops selling essential items in these malls/complexes.
  • Service provided by self-employed persons such as electricians, plumbers, IT repairs, etc., shall also be allowed.
  • Restaurants/eateries can open for home delivery till 9 pm. Both the management and customer shall be held liable for violations, if any.

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