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Essential services shops in Delhi can open 24/7: LG

New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) Delhi Lt. Governor Anil Baijal on Thursday said the core committee on coronavirus has decided to encourage the grocery and essential supplies stores to operate 24 hours all through the week, and also there will be no restriction on e-commerce companies.

Speaking to the media, he said the Sub Divisionl Magistrates (SDMs) have been asked to ensure that essential items shops are opened and also that there are enough stocks in them.

“As a special measure, grocery and essential supplies stores to be allowed to operate 24 by 7. This will help in staggering customer visits and help in maintaining social distancing norms. All those who wishes to open 24 by 7 will be encouraged,” the LG said.

This will help in avoiding mass gatherings.

Baijal said this will not be forced upon the shop owner, but anyone who wishes to do it is most welcome.

Biajal aso said that it has been decided to allow food home delivery services.

“There will be no restriction on e-commerce companies.”

Baijal said all police officers and district in-charges have been asked to ensure that all shops and stores dealing in essential items are fully-stocked.

Baijal also asked the District Magistrates (DM) in the city to ensure social distancing is maintained at the dispensing points, monitor functioning of helplines and compliance of home quarantine.

“DMs to coordinate provision of food for the homeless and destitute.”

Baijal interacted on video conference with the DMs and DCPs.

The DMs/DCPs were asked to ensure lockdown is observed as per the instructions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

They were also asked to keep vigil on prices of essential items and check hoarding.




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