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South City mall has witnessed a 20-30 per cent jump in footfall in recent weeks and is also concentrating on the frequent sanitisation of common touchpoints(PTI)

Kolkata malls focus on safety protocols to tackle increasing footfalls ahead of Durga Puja

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON OCT 14, 2020 06:03 PM IST
Leading shopping malls such as Acropolis, South City and Quest are currently experiencing a surge in footfalls ahead of Durga puja and expecting that number of visitors will further rise with multiplexes reopening from Thursday.
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Office of the private sector opens with fewer employees after the instructions of Uttar Pradesh government, in Lucknow.(ANI)
Office of the private sector opens with fewer employees after the instructions of Uttar Pradesh government, in Lucknow.(ANI)

India’s services activity shrinks for sixth month in August, job losses mount

By Reuters | Posted by: Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON SEP 03, 2020 11:12 AM IST
Thursday’s survey adds to the gloom in the service sector, an engine of economic growth and jobs, suggesting a long and painful road to recovery after the economy shrank nearly a quarter in April-June.
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A shopping complex in Panchkula. The Haryana government has decided to let market places in urban areas to stay open over the weekends.(HT file photo)
A shopping complex in Panchkula. The Haryana government has decided to let market places in urban areas to stay open over the weekends.(HT file photo)

Shops, malls in Haryana open this weekend but closed on Monday, Tuesday

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2020 05:57 PM IST
State government says decision taken to contain spread of coronavirus; new order does not apply to shops dealing with essential goods and services
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Like many women with day jobs, Ms Kushwaha enjoys the benefits of having a supportive child.(Mayank Austen Soofi)
Like many women with day jobs, Ms Kushwaha enjoys the benefits of having a supportive child.(Mayank Austen Soofi)

Gurugramwale: A life in everyday feminism

By Mayank Austen Soofi | Hindustan Times, Gurugram
PUBLISHED ON AUG 15, 2020 05:38 AM IST
Ms Kushwaha insists that her husband is a very helpful mate, respects her co-role as a family breadwinner and helps her partly with the household chores.
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The Chandigarh administration has closed Sukhna Lake to the public on weekends.(Keshav Singh/HT)
The Chandigarh administration has closed Sukhna Lake to the public on weekends.(Keshav Singh/HT)

HT Readers’ Take: We would rather be safe than visit Sukhna Lake on weekends

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2020 11:52 PM IST
All measures to control the transmission of Covid 19 must be welcomed and followed by the citizens, even if it means no lake visits on weekends because normalcy needs to be restored at any cost, and quickly, say readers
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Out of 10,725 total cases, recovered are 4,838 and live 5,372(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Out of 10,725 total cases, recovered are 4,838 and live 5,372(Satish Bate/HT Photo)

Kerala coronavirus cases cross 10,000 mark

By HT Correspondent| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2020 09:06 PM IST
In Thiruvananthapuram, at least 80 employees of a shopping mall were tested positive forcing authorities to take strict action against business establishments which flout social distancing and safety norms
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A view inside the Metropolis Mall which is scheduled to reopen on July 01, three months after closing due to the lockdown against the coronavirus in Gurugram on Tuesday.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
A view inside the Metropolis Mall which is scheduled to reopen on July 01, three months after closing due to the lockdown against the coronavirus in Gurugram on Tuesday.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)

Aarogya Setu, masks must as malls to reopen in Gurugram, Faridabad today

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2020 11:23 AM IST
Mall authorities will have to ensure that every visitor is scanned for temperature via thermal scanners as well as to ensure that hand-sanitizers are placed at all entry points.
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Health workers collect a Covid-19 test sample from a local resident, at Urban Primary Health Centre in Gurugram’s Rajiv Nagar on Saturday.(Praveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Health workers collect a Covid-19 test sample from a local resident, at Urban Primary Health Centre in Gurugram’s Rajiv Nagar on Saturday.(Praveen Kumar/HT Photo)

Malls to reopen in Gurugram and Faridabad from July 1 after more than 3 months

By Kartik Kumar | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, Gurugram
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2020 04:12 PM IST
Mall authorities will have to ensure that each visitor undergoes thermal scanning and hand-sanitisers are placed at all entry points.
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Boris Johnson said on Friday people in some parts of the world had taken too many liberties with Covid-19 guidance(Bloomberg)
Boris Johnson said on Friday people in some parts of the world had taken too many liberties with Covid-19 guidance(Bloomberg)

Don’t take too many liberties with Covid guidance: UK PM Johnson

By Reuters | London
PUBLISHED ON JUN 26, 2020 06:37 PM IST
Asked if he would intervene after Intu Properties INTUP.L said it would go into administration, Johnson said: “There will be tough times ahead. And the retail sector, shopping malls, clearly have been feeling the squeeze on their business model for long time.
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Barring Faridabad and Gurugram, malls were open in the rest of Haryana as the state government on June 8 had decided against opening shopping malls and religious places due to rising number of Covid-19 cases.
Barring Faridabad and Gurugram, malls were open in the rest of Haryana as the state government on June 8 had decided against opening shopping malls and religious places due to rising number of Covid-19 cases.

Malls to reopen in Gurugram next week, strict social distancing must

By Abhishek Behl | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi | Hindustan Times, Gurugram
UPDATED ON JUN 26, 2020 07:08 PM IST
Only those visitors who wear a mask and have temperature under the limit will be allowed entry.
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Ambience Mall is committed to providing its patrons a safe mall environment that aligns with high standards of sanitisation and safety protocols.
Ambience Mall is committed to providing its patrons a safe mall environment that aligns with high standards of sanitisation and safety protocols.

Ambience Mall braces up to open after lockdown

UPDATED ON JUN 26, 2020 05:39 PM IST
Delhi NCR’s prominent lifestyle destination is ready to open its doors to the city shoppers.
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Religious places, restaurants and malls have resumed operations from June 8 under the first phase of India’s graded reopening of various sectors, termed ‘Unlock 1’.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Religious places, restaurants and malls have resumed operations from June 8 under the first phase of India’s graded reopening of various sectors, termed ‘Unlock 1’.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

Govt issues pictorial guidelines for ‘Covid-appropriate behaviour’ in Unlock-1 phase

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 12, 2020 10:51 PM IST
On June 4, the ministry had issued the standard operating procedures for public and semi-public environments but the ministry released the fresh guidelines repackaged in a colourful pictorial format to sensitise people in a better way.
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According to latest official figures, the total number of Covid-19 cases in Delhi is over 32,000 including 984 deaths.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
According to latest official figures, the total number of Covid-19 cases in Delhi is over 32,000 including 984 deaths.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Jama Masjid closed till June 30 due to ‘critical’ Covid-19 situation in Delhi: Shahi Imam

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 11, 2020 06:40 PM IST
The mosque had opened on June 8 after a gap of over two months with the government allowing further relaxations as part of “Unlock-1”, the first phase of a calibrated exit from the novel coronavirus-induced nationwide lockdown.
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The odd-even rule of the opening of the shops is still being adhered to in line with the BMC’s earlier circular issued last week.(PTI)
The odd-even rule of the opening of the shops is still being adhered to in line with the BMC’s earlier circular issued last week.(PTI)

BMC allows markets, shops to function for full working hours in Mumbai

By Mehul Thakkar | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2020 04:40 PM IST
All shops will remain closed on Sundays till June 30, but have been allowed to follow the revised working hours between Monday and Saturday.
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Bus operators’ associations said that drivers and helpers experienced hiccups in some pockets, where a large number of people were waiting to board buses.(PTI)
Bus operators’ associations said that drivers and helpers experienced hiccups in some pockets, where a large number of people were waiting to board buses.(PTI)

No end to commuters’ woes in Bengal as limited number of buses hit streets

By Press Trust of India| posted by Susmita Pakrasi | Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON JUN 09, 2020 04:11 PM IST
Private bus operators claimed that the number of vehicles operated in Kolkata and its suburbs on Tuesday marginally increased compared to the day before, as 30 per cent of the fleet hit roads.
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New Delhi, India - June 04, 2020: A worker wearing PPE sprays chemical disinfectant at V3S Mall premises, in Laxmi Nagar, New Delhi(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
New Delhi, India - June 04, 2020: A worker wearing PPE sprays chemical disinfectant at V3S Mall premises, in Laxmi Nagar, New Delhi(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Delhi reopens restaurants, malls and interstate travel

By Abhishek Dey and Risha Chitlangia | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2020 02:02 AM IST
While a large number of religious places are likely to open on Monday, uncertainty surrounds malls and restaurants.
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Between May 18 and 22, more shops, including those in markets and those owned by private enterprises, were allowed to open, but on alternate days based on the shop numbers..(Photo by Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Between May 18 and 22, more shops, including those in markets and those owned by private enterprises, were allowed to open, but on alternate days based on the shop numbers..(Photo by Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times)

Liquor to be cheaper in Delhi as govt removes 70% corona fee

By Abhishek Dey | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2020 12:13 AM IST
VAT is applicable on all Indian manufactured foreign liquor and country liquor. Prices of imported liquor – on which several other duty fees are levied – are likely to witness no change in MRP after June 10.
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Workers clean the entrance gate of a shop in mall in Noida on Saturday ahead of its re-opening on June 8.(PTI Photo)
Workers clean the entrance gate of a shop in mall in Noida on Saturday ahead of its re-opening on June 8.(PTI Photo)

Shopping malls, restaurants and hotels to reopen from June 8: List of dos and don’ts

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2020 09:19 AM IST
The Centre had issued a notification to phase-wise reopen some places and start activities from June 8. These things are being allowed in the first part. The second phase of relaxations till come in July.
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Restaurants and shopping malls have been shut since the nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 25 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Restaurants and shopping malls have been shut since the nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 25 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Malls, restaurants draw up plans to restart businesses but with restrictions

By Ashish Mishra | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2020 04:05 AM IST
Restaurant owners said they are working on a set of plans such as opening with just 30% to 50% seating capacity, putting a cap on parking facility to ensure less crowding, and presenting patrons with e-copies of drinks and food menus to minimise contact with staff and ensure social distancing.
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Women wearing protective face masks and dressed in traditional costumes visit Wat Chaiwatthanaram after the Thai government eased isolation measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the city of Ayutthaya Historical Park, Thailand, June 1, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha(REUTERS)
Women wearing protective face masks and dressed in traditional costumes visit Wat Chaiwatthanaram after the Thai government eased isolation measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the city of Ayutthaya Historical Park, Thailand, June 1, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha(REUTERS)

As coronavirus lockdown restrictions ease, Thailand’s reopening is ‘same-same but different’

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2020 03:46 PM IST
As Thailand’s daily tally of new COVID-19 cases has fallen to single digits most days over the past two weeks, authorities continue to ease restrictions put in place to combat the pandemic.
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Customers sit inside an Indian restaurant amidst the easing of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions, in the Parramatta suburb of western Sydney, Australia, May 29, 2020. Picture taken May 29, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott(REUTERS)
Customers sit inside an Indian restaurant amidst the easing of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions, in the Parramatta suburb of western Sydney, Australia, May 29, 2020. Picture taken May 29, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott(REUTERS)

Eating out in times of Covid-19: Hygiene, social distancing norms in focus as restaurants, retailers gear up to reopen in India

By Press Trust of India | Posted by: Alfea Jamal | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2020 12:23 PM IST
Restaurant operators and retailers are now looking forward to resume business activities after the government on Saturday allowed them to re-open from June 8.
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The third phase of the lockdown that was in effect for 14 days ending on May 17, recorded 53,636 cases till 8 am of May 18.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
The third phase of the lockdown that was in effect for 14 days ending on May 17, recorded 53,636 cases till 8 am of May 18.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)

Fourth phase of lockdown accounts for nearly half of total Covid cases in India

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 31, 2020 02:02 PM IST
The lockdown, which was first clamped on March 25 and spanned for 21 days, had registered 10,877 cases, while the second phase of the curbs that began on April 15 and stretched for 19 days till May 3, saw 31,094 cases.
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Passengers wearing PPE kits check-out from the Jai Prakash Narayan International Airport upon their arrival from Bengaluru in Patna.(PTI)
Passengers wearing PPE kits check-out from the Jai Prakash Narayan International Airport upon their arrival from Bengaluru in Patna.(PTI)

In lockdown 5.0, states ask for curbs only in containment zones

By Debabrata Mohanty/Ritesh Mishra/ Pawan Sharma | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar/Raipur/Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2020 08:45 AM IST
In the ongoing phase of the lockdown, the Centre gave authority to the states to demarcate zones based on the severity of cases, and within a set of broad guidelines, allowed states to frame their own rules on the extent of activity allowed.
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Volunteers queuing up at the civil surgeon’s office to register themselves for work at Covid isolation centres in Ludhiana on Wednesday.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Volunteers queuing up at the civil surgeon’s office to register themselves for work at Covid isolation centres in Ludhiana on Wednesday.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)

Amid job crisis, youth queue up to volunteer at Covid-19 isolation centre

By Mohit Khanna, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2020 10:48 PM IST
The volunteers, mostly women, say their families are in dire need of money and the government is paying a good among to them for the job
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Pedestrians wear protective face masks while visiting a shopping mall and open retail stores in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday, May 19. 2020. Before the pandemic, most shops, pharmacies and gas stations in the kingdom halted for at least 30 minutes for each prayer session, the only country that enforced such closures.(Bloomberg)
Pedestrians wear protective face masks while visiting a shopping mall and open retail stores in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday, May 19. 2020. Before the pandemic, most shops, pharmacies and gas stations in the kingdom halted for at least 30 minutes for each prayer session, the only country that enforced such closures.(Bloomberg)

Ramadan in times of Covid-19: Saudi prayers no longer disrupt shopping in time of coronavirus

By Bloomberg | Posted by: Alfea Jamal | Bloomberg
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2020 12:10 PM IST
The monotone of the muezzin beckoning Muslims to worship five times a day is usually accompanied by a rush to close stores. But in the time of coronavirus and government curfews, another hallmark of Saudi life appears to have been dispensed with.
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Jobless workers in some states are still reporting difficulty applying for or receiving benefits.(REUTERS)
Jobless workers in some states are still reporting difficulty applying for or receiving benefits.(REUTERS)

36 million have sought US unemployment aid since coronavirus hit

By Associated Press | Washington
PUBLISHED ON MAY 14, 2020 06:16 PM IST
Roughly 36 million people have now filed for jobless aid in the two months since the coronavirus first forced millions of businesses to close their doors and shrink their workforces, the Labor Department said Thursday.
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A riot police officer holds a pepper spray aerosol as crowds are dispersed during a protest inside the New Town Plaza shopping mall in the Shatin district of Hong Kong, China.(Bloomberg)
A riot police officer holds a pepper spray aerosol as crowds are dispersed during a protest inside the New Town Plaza shopping mall in the Shatin district of Hong Kong, China.(Bloomberg)

Hong Kong police spray tear gas at protesters gathered in a shopping mall

By Press Trust of India | Hong Kong
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2020 08:45 PM IST
As protesters gathered in the mall, riot police stopped and searched some and later told them to leave, saying they were violating social-distancing rules.
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Tourists visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China on the first day of the five-day Labour Day holiday following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, on the outskirts of Beijing, China May 1, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter(REUTERS)
Tourists visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China on the first day of the five-day Labour Day holiday following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, on the outskirts of Beijing, China May 1, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter(REUTERS)

Coronavirus: Beijing parks and museums reopened to public, Germany to follow

By Associated Press | Associated Press
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2020 08:29 PM IST
The Forbidden City, past home to China’s emperors, is permitting just 5,000 visitors daily, down from 80,000. And parks are allowing people to visit at 30% of the usual capacity.
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As per the order of the Ministry of Home Affairs, shops in markets will continue to remain shut, while in rural areas, all shops, except those in shopping malls, are allowed to open.(ANI)
As per the order of the Ministry of Home Affairs, shops in markets will continue to remain shut, while in rural areas, all shops, except those in shopping malls, are allowed to open.(ANI)

Gyms, theatres, casinos, pools to remain shut in Goa: Official

By Press Trust of India | Panaji
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2020 05:07 PM IST
The order comes a day after the Centre allowed neighbourhood and standalone shops, including those located in residential complexes, in urban areas to open during the ongoing lockdown.
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