Guwahati: The Assam Government has extended the lockdown in Guwahati till July 19 in wake of the rising cases of COVID-19 in Kamrup Metro.
However, the lockdown extension order will provide some relief for the people as all the stand-alone grocery shops in Guwahati to remain open between 9 AM to 4 PM from Monday to Friday (13 July-18 July) during the COVID-19 extended lockdown.
Assam chief secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna has issued the revised order stating ” All stand-alone Grocery and stand-alone stationery shops dealing in personal hygiene goods are allowed to operate between 9 AM and 4 PM from Monday to Friday. Shopkeepers and customers shall have to wear masks, hand gloves and maintain social distancing. Responsibility of maintenance of social distancing will be on the shop owner and failure to do so will be viewed very seriously and may entail summery closure of defaulting shops. Maintenance of price line and prevention of artificial shortage will be the responsibility of shop keepers and Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department. Neighbourhood grocery shops are allowed to operate as per timing given above to ensure avoidance of use of private vehicles”.
The 14-day lockdown which was imposed on June 28 in Kamrup (Metropolitan) district will end on July 12.