Dharamshala, March 25 -- Deputy commissioner on Tuesday said shops dealing in essential commodities will remain open, however, banks will be closed down in Kangra district till further orders.

ATM kiosks will remain open and cash replenishment vehicles will be allowed to move so there is no dearth of cash.

He said that shops dealing in essentials will remain open and no timings have been fixed for them as it may lead to crowding. However, people are advised to visit shops only if necessary. Meat shops have been closed. Gas stations will be open for refuelling of emergency and other government vehicles only.

In Mandi, shops will remain open from 10am to 2pm but the assembly of more than four people is not allowed.

In other districts, the...