Haryana govt revokes order directing shops, malls to remain shut on Mondays, Tuesdays

Unlock 4.0 guidelines released by Centre do not give states right to impose a lockdown, says Anil Vij

Tribune Web Desk
Chandigarh, August 30

Haryana government on Sunday revoked an earlier order directing all shops and shopping malls, except those dealing in essential good and services, to remain closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

In a tweet on Sunday, Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij said that the order had been revoked since the Unlock 4.0 guidelines released by the Centre on Saturday did not give states the right to impose a lockdown.

Sporadic and weekend lockdowns have been implemented by various state governments across the country.

Earlier on August 28, to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Haryana government had ordered that malls and shops in marketplaces of urban areas will remain closed on Mondays and Tuesdays instead of weekends as instructed earlier.

This order, however, was not for shops dealing with essential goods and services.

The revised instructions on August 28 had come a week after the government had ordered offices and shops to remain closed on weekends throughout the state.

"...to contain further spread of COVID-19 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 the state.

"Accordingly, there is no bar on opening of shops and shopping malls on Saturday and Sunday in these areas. These orders will be applicable till further orders," a state government order issued on Friday, had said.

Earlier, on August 21, the state government had said all offices and shops, except those dealing with essential services, will remain closed on weekends.

Haryana has recorded over 62,000 COVID-19 cases and over 670 fatalities.--with PTI 

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