DCCI cautions businesses against flouting COVID-19 SOPs

Dimapur, October 18 (MExN): Following the recent ‘surprise checking’ conducted by the Dimapur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) and law enforcing agencies in Dimapur, the DCCI on Sunday censured the business community for its ‘lackadaisical attitude’ in enforcing COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Stating that the Department of Health and Family Welfare has painted a gloomy picture of COVID-19 situation in Nagaland as positive cases have been increasing daily, DCCI President Akashe Zhimomi in a press release, reminded that the District Administration had issued standard operating procedures (SOPs) on August 1, making it compulsory for all shops to utilize face masks, face shield, hand sanitizer and proper physical distancing, etc in their establishments.

However, he said that “there has been non compliance to the order by majority of business community,” where many shops and shopkeepers were found to be not even wearing the face mask, endangering the public health.

The DCCI therefore, warned the business community that it would not allow the callousness of few shops and shop keepers, to jeopardise the functioning of the entire business community, which has been affected throughout the year. 

“The DCCI warns the business community to strictly comply with the District administration SOP order by wearing face masks, wearing face shield, keeping hand sanitizers, maintaining proper physical distancing in the shop,” the statement read.

Any shop or shop keepers defying the order will be strictly dealt with, to the extent of sealing the shop as the situation has become a matter of grave concern, it added.

Further, the DCCI sought public cooperation and requested shoppers to report non compliance by shop/shopkeepers to the DCCI grievances cell, police and administration and also desist from buying from shops that do not complying with the SOPs.