Dimapur, August 10: The sub-committee for working out modalities for gradual re-opening of shops under Dimapur District has recommended opening of shops till 5 pm in Dimapur as well as closure of some category of shop every weekday to avoid crowding in market place.
In its report, the sub-committee under the chairmanship of the Administrator, Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC), opined that there should be revision in the timing of the time slots for whole sellers and retailers. It recommended whole sellers to open from 5 am to 10 am and retailers from 10 am to 5 pm.
To reduce crowding in market places, the sub-committee suggested closure of shops as per business category: Monday – Apparels, foot wears, garments and sports goods; Tuesday – vehicle accessories, motor parts & lubricants; Wednesday – Hardware including sand & bricks and sanitary wares, furnitures and home furnishing.
Thursday – Grocery, good items, bakeries & food provisions; Friday – Electrical & electronics including repair shops; Saturday – Stationary shops, printing press, cosmetic shops and big departmental stores like Viraat Mart, Vishal Mart, Big Bazaar, etc.
The sub-committee recommended that salons, parlors, barber shops, dine-in restaurants and eateries to remain closed. However, home deliveries from dine-in restaurants and food outlets may be permitted.
It also suggested vegetable vendors may be allowed to sell vegetables in the colonies/villages only and not in the daily markets. Those hawkers/vendors along the super market footpaths may be prohibited.
The sub-committee said proprietors of shops and establishments allowed to open shall mandatorily make arrangements for keeping hand sanitizers or provide hand wash provision with soap and water for the public as well as their own staffs. The proprietor of the shop shall also get the door handles, surfaces and other objects frequently touched by people cleaned and disinfected periodically. Social distancing measures will also be adhered to at all the shops and outlets.
On reopening of market complexes which offer limited scope for enforcing social distancing like the Hazi park (Hongkong Market), New Market, Millennium Market, etc., the sub-committee said it has been forwarded to the Government on July 17 with detailed modalities for reopening and pending Government’s approval. Only after receiving approval of the Government, the district authorities may proceed for reopening these categories of market places, it said. (Page News Service)