SHILLONG, June 21 - After remaining shut for three months, shops in Iewduh (Bara Bazaar) here will reopen on Monday. The district administration has directed the traders to strictly follow the health protocols and avoid overcrowding.
The State Government has allowed reopening of the shops in the market after an inspection by senior Cabinet Ministers and officials.
The Government has decided that the shops in the market will open on a rotational basis.
Therefore, out of the over 1200 shops in the market, only 413 would open on Monday. This was done prevent overcrowding in the market.
Deputy Commissioner M War said the operation of the market would be monitored by the stakeholders, including a committee formed by the Syiem of Mylliem (traditional institutions).
The shops would remain open from 8 am till 6 pm.
On the other hand, restaurants, cafes, food outlets, excluding those on the National Highway, would also reopen on Monday. Barber shops, beauty parlours, salons were also allowed to reopen tomorrow.
All these outlets will reopen by following protocols issued by the Health and Family Welfare Department.
A PTI report adds: The Meghalaya Government has extended the night curfew from 9 pm to 5 am till June 30, officials said on Sunday.
The night curfew was to be in force till Monday.
The State Government has also extended the ban on inter-State movement of people till June 30, they said.
�District Deputy Commissioners have been asked to issue extension of night curfew orders and directives to extend ban on inter-State movement of people,� a senior government official said.
The official orders, however, will not apply to security forces, medical teams on duty, wholesale and retail pharmacies and other essential services, he said.
Weekly markets across the State, except the ones in areas along the India-Bangladesh border and the inter-State border with Assam, have got the nod to open on Monday.
Educational institutions will continue to remain closed along with religious places, he said, adding, large public gatherings are also not allowed.
Meanwhile, the State�s COVID-19 recovery rate rose to 84 per cent after five more patients were cured on Saturday, a health official said.