Guwahati: After the meeting between the Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup (M) Biswajit Pegu and the market associations of Kamrup(M) certain plans have been sorted in order for the smooth functioning of all the business establishments in the city.
The city shops will remain open twice a week. This decision was made in the meeting chaired by the DC of Kamrup (M) and Market Association.
The Market Association along with Building owners of the market jointly decided the rotation pattern and to adhere of opening one third shops at a time.
DC Biswajit Pegu, in the meeting stated that all the shops will be closed on Sunday and if any business establishments found violating any rules, the owners will solely be responsible. The violators will be charged under Disaster Management Act.
He also said that rotation must also be followed by retailers and wholesalers alike.
The DC further stated that all the markets under GMC will remain closed until further notice. Offices located in market complexes to remain closed. License might get suspended in case of breach of order.
However, masks and sanitizers are made compulsory at all establishments and social distancing should be maintained rigorously. Thermal devices must be available in all the shops to ensure safety of the people.
Offices located in market complexes to remain closed and no shops will be allowed to remain open after 6 PM.
On Sunday Assam Government informed that all the stand-alone shops are allowed to open from May 4 during the third phase of nationwide lockdown in view of COVID-19 situation.
Assam Health and Finance Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma in a press meet clarified that only stand alone shops will be allowed to remain open till 5 PM. No shops will be allowed to remain open after 6 PM.
However, in many areas of Guwahati like Fancy Bazar, GS Road where there are numerous shops adjacent to each other, one-third of the shops will be allowed to open each day.
Following the instructions of Assam Government the DC of Kamrup (M) chaired the meeting with the Market Association.