Order Thane Municipal Commissioner on shutdown of Shops and Establishments in Thane

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Order dated 20th march 2020 issued by the Thane Municipal Commissioner on shutdown of Shops and Establishments in Thane, a Establishments excluding Establishments providing essential services   Mar 20, 2020

The Municipal Commissioner of Thane, has, in exercise of the powers conferred upon him by the Government of Maharashtra under Sections 2, 3 & 4 of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, has issued directions to implement certain containment/prevention measures of COVID-19 in the City of Thane vide orders dated 20th March 2020. 
 
The Order states that all markets, shopping centres, private corporates, establishments rendering advisory and other services, IT establishments, Trading shall remain closed from 20th March 2020 till 31st March 2020.

However, establishments providing essential services, such as Medical Stores, Grocery Shops selling essential items, Milk Shops, Vegetable shops, Water supply, Cleaning, Banking Services, Internet & Telephone services, Transportation services, Medical Services, Hospitals and other essential services are excluded from the shutdown.
 
The Order also states that such of the establishments which can operate by asking employees to work from home can do so. 

If there is a doubt as to whether a service or establishment is essential or not, the Municipal Commissioner would give a final decision on the same.  

Failure to obey the aforesaid Orders issued by the Municipal Commissioner would attract penalty under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.
 
Member Companies are advised to take appropriate steps and ensure compliance with the aforesaid Orders issued by the Municipal Commissioner.   If there is any doubt on the exclusions the opinion of the Municipal Commissioner be obtained in writing.

The Order dated 20th March, 2020 -   
 
P.S:
The Municipal Commissioner has ordered a shutdown of establishments for prevention and containment of COVID-19, which cannot be construed as a closure of business for establishments not falling in the exclusions. Thus, wherever possible Private Corporates and Establishments, which do not provide essential services, can instruct their staff to work from home during the shutdown period.
 

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