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Shops in Thane allowed to open seven days a week from August 15

Amid the festival season, the trade unions had demanded that all shops be allowed to open for all seven days in a week to avoid congestion.

Shops in Thane allowed to open seven days a week from August 15
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In a huge relief for citizens, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has decided to allow shops to operate from August 15 for seven days a week. This move to provide lockdown relaxation in Thane comes after there has been a decline in the number of coronavirus cases in the region. 

The shops in Thane will be allowed to operate from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM each day, as per the guidelines issued by the Maharashtra government under ‘Mission Begin Again’. The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde. 

The meeting was attended by TMC Commissioner Vipin Sharma, Mayor Naresh Ganpat Mhaske, MP Rajan Vichare along with the representatives from various trade associations. 

Earlier, the shops were allowed to function on the basis P1-P2 basis wherein shops on one side of the lane will remain open on odd days and those on the other side will remain open only on even days. Now, as per the decision by TMC, the establishments in Thane city will be allowed to operate on all days from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM. 

In the meeting, Shinde also instructed the municipal administration to take a decision on opening malls, markets, gyms and swimming pools after reviewing the situation. The shops in hotspot areas and containment zones will be exempted from the decision. 

Due to the odd-even system, the shop owners were only able to do their business for 15 days which resulted in financial troubles for them. Amid the festival season, the trade unions had demanded that all shops be allowed to open for all seven days in a week to avoid congestion. 

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