IMPHAL, April 10 - The Manipur Government today announced that all markets and shops in the State would open on Saturday to sell essential commodities for Easter Sunday and the Cheiraoba festival.
The Consumers Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Commissioner has issued an order in this regard.
Petrol pumps are also allowed to open, but will have to maintain social distancing norms, the order said.
Following the order, the District Magistrates have also issued notices directing the shopkeepers/vendors/petrol pump owners and customers to mandatorily wear face masks. The people were requested to maintain a distance of at least four feet from one another.
In some district headquarters, the district authorities have permitted a few designated shops to sell rice to the people under government schemes.
Lockdown violators detained: As part of the ongoing drive to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Manipur Police have detained 433 persons for violating the ongoing lockdown/curfew and seized 349 vehicles, said Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) L Kailun in a press release on Friday. They were produced before magistrates and fine amounting to Rs 39,600 were imposed on them.
Police have appealed to the public to follow the guidelines issued by the Government and stay indoors. In Thoubal district alone, 151 curfew/lockdown violators were detained and 137 vehicles seized.