Dimapur, September 1: The decision by the state government for the reopening of shops and business establishments in New Market and Hongkong Market which were shut down during the first phase of the lockdown in March, was welcomed by the traders and shopkeepers of both the prime markets of Dimapur. The social Media was abuzz with messages welcoming the decision to reopen both the markets.
However, when Nagaland Page contacted the Deputy Commissioner and the Chairman of Dimapur District Task Force (DDTF) Dimapur, Rajesh Soundarajan IAS and enquired on the reopening of both the Markets, he said, “Both the markets will not open from tomorrow (September 1) and basing on the Home Department directives received, we will reopen those places with some restrictions in a couple of days. The DMC administrator has already informed the business community that it will not be opened tomorrow”.
“The closure of markets, except essential and pharmacies on Wednesday remains in place unless we issue a new order,” Rajesh Soundarajan maintained.
According to the guidelines issued by the state Government, shops and hawker stalls of all categories located in marketing complexes and crowded areas like Hongkong Market, New Market in Dimapur Town, BOC Market in Kohima etc. are allowed to open and operate with the condition that a certain percentage of the shops of the market, but limited to 50% of the total, as decided by the respective Deputy Commissioner after making detailed assessment of the location and layout; may open alternatively or in turns, on any particular day, with other necessary measures in place in the markets to ensure that crowding is avoided, and all the social distancing norms and health safety protocols are strictly followed. (Page News Service)