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Hardware, umbrella-raincoat shops permitted to open

Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus and the subsequent lockdown, traders had to suffer losses whereas consumers were inconvenienced.

Hardware, umbrella-raincoat shops permitted to open
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Ahead of the monsoons, the Maharashtra government has decided to open construction shops, along with shops that sell umbrellas and raincoats.

Currently, the state is to observe a lockdown till June 1. Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus and the subsequent lockdown, traders had to suffer losses whereas consumers were inconvenienced. In view of the upcoming monsoons, even though these shops have been permitted to resume operations, the shopkeepers will be fined INR 1,000 if they fail to abide by the rules imposed by the government in view of the pandemic.

On the other hand, even as the Maharashtra government mulls on unlocking the restrictions in a phased manner, Mumbai local train services are unlikely to resume for the general public soon. Earlier on Monday, May 24, while talking to media, Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Vijay Wadettiwar said that the general public would not be allowed to commute on Mumbai suburban locals till further orders. He added that this was not possible at least till June 15, 2021.

This development comes at a time when the Maharashtra government has indicated that after June 1, the lockdown in the state would be gradually eased in four phases. The government is planning to allow the general public to travel in Mumbai local trains in the fourth and final phase. Currently, only government, BMC and essential services staff are allowed to travel in suburban trains.

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