Yes, you have read that right! The state government has amended the Maharashtra Shops and Establishments (Regulation of Employment and Service Condition) Act, 2017 and issued a notification allowing shops and hotels to be kept open 24 hours.
The notification authorizes shops and restaurants (excluding the ones that serve alcohol), cinema halls, salons, hyper malls and even services such as banks & medical establishments to remain open 24×7 in the state.
Unfortunately, the amendment does not include liquor shops and bars.
Establishments that are eager to extend their working hours of business will have to send an online intimation to the ministry while providing the number of employees they have hired.
“The amendments now allow all shops to remain open in three shifts. It can remain open for 24 hours and all seven days. It is mandatory to give one day leave to employees every week. Maharashtra is the first state to implement the Shops and Establishments Act to free shopkeepers from license inspectors,” said Maharashtra labor minister Sambhaji Nilangekar-Patil told HT. He further added that this relaxation is expected to benefit about 22 lakh establishments
So worry no more for eat-out in the wee hours of midnight, or maybe help mom run errands by visiting the grocery store at 6 am too!