After exempting stationery and photocopy shops from the total lockdown, the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) has now allowed opticians and establishments engaged in various kind of repair work to operate from 9 am to 3 pm till 12th May as long as they adhere to social distancing norms.

To prevent the novel coronavirus from spreading, the MBMC has given another five-day extension to the rigid containment exercise which will continue till 12th May midnight. However, some relaxations have been offered.

In his latest order, civic chief C.K. Dange has allowed auto garages, opticians, hardware shops, tyre (puncture), electric and electronic gadgets repair units to function between 9 am to 3 pm till May 12.

“It’s a welcome relief as my son had no option but to squint and read without glasses, which was giving him a severe headache,” said Kajal S.G.

Not only those in need of new spectacles, the step would also ease the woes of people in need of getting their electric and electronic or vehicles repaired. 

Notably, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the twin-city has climbed to 202. However, the number of active cases has been restricted to 68. 

Other timings are unchanged as chicken-mutton shops, vegetable, fish and fruit markets will remain closed. Groceries and supermarkets are open from 9 am to 3 pm, while medical stores can operate from 9 am to 9 pm.

Apart from hospitals and clinics, medical stores having licenses for 24-hour operation will continue to remain open as usual.

Delivery of essentials is allowed between 9 am to 11 pm.

Milk booths can remain open from 7 am to 11 am.

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