by NEWSNER , 2021-05-04 14:13:39
Concerned over the alarming rise in COVID-19 cases in Shillong, the government has decided that each shop within the city and outskirts will close at 7 pm from Tuesday.
The decision was taken at a review meeting called by Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma here on Monday.
“Curfew is going to be clamped in Shillong Urban Agglomeration from 8 pm to five am starting Tuesday. The offices also will at 4:30 pm rather than 5 pm,” Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said after the meeting.
The government has also decided to permit the last rites, burial, or cremation of bodies till 2 pm a day. The order has inherited force across the state immediately for both COVID and non-COVID bodies.
Tynsong reminded the people to not take the bodies of COVID victims beyond the compound or veranda of the house and not unwrap them.
“We request that each one stakeholder should adhere to and follow these guidelines,” he said.
The East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner has issued a fresh order regulating the opening of outlets in Iewduh, the most important traditional market within the state.
According to the new order, wholesale fish stalls and vegetable shops will open daily from 7 am to 7 pm except on Sundays. Fruit shops will open on a rotation basis with eight shops permitted to open every day from 7 am to 7 pm.
Wholesale grocery shops also will open on a rotation basis with 11 shops per day for an equivalent period. The Incident Commander, Zone-IV, and therefore the Syiem of Hima Mylliem will regulate the opening of all shops in Iewduh, the order said.
The DC has asked all concerned within the market to follow the health protocols strictly. Shopkeepers would be liable for maintaining physical distance between the purchasers and avoiding crowding. People shouldn't greet, are available direct contact, or hug one another in greeting.
All customers should wear masks all the time while purchasing things from the market, besides practicing hand-hygiene and physical distancing, the order said.
All shopkeepers and vendors must wear masks properly by covering their nose, mouth, and chin parts of the face in the least times.
The market committee under the Syiem of Hima Mylliem has been authorized to levy fines on shop owners or people that don't adhere to the COVID-19 protocols or spit in open places.
“The market committee must make sure that regular sanitization of the market is administered before and after business hours and also frequently touched parts like door handles or knobs are regularly cleaned,” the order said.
“The market committee must make sure that customers bring their bags and avoid the utilization of plastic bags. Customers should spend minimal time at any shop and every one shopkeeper should resort to cashless transactions, wherever feasible, to attenuate direct contact,” it added.
Meanwhile, intensifying its action against the violators, the East Khasi Hills district administration Monday sealed six shops within the city for violation of the containment order. additionally, 29 vehicle drivers were also fined for plying without requisite passes.