The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday issued revised guidelines on the measures to be taken during the lockdown in an order to contain the spread of coronavirus in the country. As per the new guidelines, you will soon be able to purchase from e-commerce platforms like Amazon and Flipkart.
The new guidelines will come into effect on April 20, which allows the additional activities subject to the functioning by the states and union territories. As per the revised guidelines, all the goods traffic will be allowed by ply across the country, except the demarcated containment zones, hotspots or red zones where the spread of coronavirus is at the high risk.
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The guidelines stated that “All facilities in the supply chain of essential goods, whether involved in manufacturing, wholesale or retail of such goods through local stores, large brick and mortar stores or e-commerce companies should be allowed to operate, ensuring strict social distancing without any restriction on their timing of opening and closure.”
“Vehicles used by e-commerce operators will be allowed to ply with necessary permissions” and courier services will also be allowed to operate, it added.
It is expected that with the revised relaxed guidelines, the shopping websites and e-commerce platforms will be able to deliver the customer orders now. During the 21-day lockdown, there were several that suggested that e-commerce companies and their delivery personnel were often restricted from moving around.