Mumbai : Maharashtra government on Tuesday ordered that all essential buying of food items shall be permitted for only 5 hours daily for the next 10 days in order to break the COVID chain.
As per the order issued by Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte this afternoon, all groceries, vegetable shops, fruit vendors, dairies, bakeries, confectioneries, all types of food shops like chicken, mutton, poultry, fish and eggs, can remain open only between 7am-11am daily.
It will also cover shops related to agriculture implements and farm produce, pet food shops, shops related to materials for impending rainy season for individuals and organisations, said the order.
However, these shops would be allowed to make home deliveries between 7am-8pm, though the timings may be revised by the local authorities.
The government has empowered the local authorities to include any additional entities/services with the consent of the State Disaster Management Authority.
An official said that this effectively means that people will not be allowed outside for these activities for 19 hours daily, though they will be permitted to go out anytime for medical emergencies as in the past.