GUWAHATI, March 23 - Responding to the call of �vyapar bandh� by the Assam Chamber of Commerce (ACC), shops and business establishment remained closed today in many parts of the State in a bid to promote social distancing to fight the spread of novel coronavirus.
The bandh had its significant impact in the capital city Guwahati where trade activities came to a halt throughout the day.
The ACC had appealed to the business community of Assam as well as trade establishments to observe one-day �vyapar bandh� on March 23, shutting down all business activities from 6 am to 9 pm to promote social distancing.
The move, however, had its downside as in some places, people thronged the open grocery shops in large numbers anticipating a lockdown in the State. The shops had a huge rush of buyers after the government announced a statewide lockdown from 6 pm tomorrow.
Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has categorically announced that essential supplies like grocery, medicine, etc., would remain unaffected during the lockdown period. However, panic buying continued in some parts of Guwahati, flouting the norms of social distancing.
ACC chairman Rupam Goswami thanked the trade community of the State for extending their support to the call of �vyapar bandh�. �We hope the trade community will play a key role in ensuring total support to the State government�s decision of lockdown from tomorrow. It is for our own safety besides protecting the society from the spread of novel coronavirus.�