In connection with Christmas festival, the Joint Commissioner of Labour, Eluru, has permitted shop-keepers and owners of other commercial establishments in Krishna, East Godavari and West Godavari districts to keep their shops open till 9.30 p.m. for five days from December 20.

In a statement, president of the Vijayawada Chamber of Commerce and Industry Gaddam Subbarao, said shops can remain open till 9.30 p.m. from December 20 to December 24, including Sunday.