The Haryana government on Friday ordered that malls and shops in the market places of urban areas will remain closed on every Monday and Tuesday instead of weekends as instructed earlier due to coronavirus. The revised instructions come a week after the government had ordered offices and shops to remain closed on weekends throughout the state.
The new order, however, does not apply to shops dealing with essential goods and services.
"...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 government order said.
Earlier, on August 21, the government had said all offices and shops, except those dealing with essential services, will remain closed on weekends.
An official statement had then said the "state government has decided to close all public and private offices except those dealing with essential services and all shopping malls and shops in the market area, except those dealing with essential goods and services on Saturday and Sunday throughout the territory of Haryana."
The step was taken to contain the spread of coronavirus infection in the state, the statement had said.
As on Thursday, Haryana had 59,298 COVID-19 cases with 646 fatalities.
(With PTI Inputs)