GUWAHATI, May 4 - Following a meeting chaired by Deputy Commissioner Biswajit Pegu with representatives of various market associations and trade bodies on opening of shops of non-essential commodities during the third phase of lockdown, the Kamrup (Metro) district administration on Monday announced that in any market area or lane only one third of the total shops will be allowed to open.
The minutes of the meeting recorded that one shop in such market areas shall remain open for a maximum of two days. Again, all stand-alone shops will remain open till 5 pm daily in the city and all market complexes or shopping malls along with front-facing shops will remain closed during the third phase of lockdown.
In case of private offices located inside shopping complexes or malls, the managements can start operation after availing permission from the district administration.
The DC strictly directed the representatives of trade bodies to follow the social distancing norms and other modes of hygiene in their respective business entities. The administration will take stern action against any business entity found to be violating the norms.
DC Pegu also appealed to the owners of all market complexes and buildings to reduce the rent to some extent or to waive it for a certain period.
In another development, Pegu appealed to all medical professionals especially the doctors working in different private hospitals and nursing homes, to come forward and register their names to provide treatment at the Covid care centres and the dedicated Covid health centres.