A crowded footpath in Kohima on April 27. (Morung Photo)
Kohima | April 27
Following the relaxation of more lockdown restrictions on April 25 last, several shops operate its services and activities today in the state capital Kohima.
Apart from pharmacies, groceries and fruits/vegetable market, garments, footwear, hardwares, mobile phones, TV, book stalls and other stationary shops were opened today during the shopping hour from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
There was heavy rush of customers to the different shops and went to the extent of defying social distancing protocol.
Vehicular movement was like other normal occasions at around 10:00 AM.
Many shops failed to provide hand sanitizers or facilities for hand washing for the public.
It may be recalled that various shops have been permitted to open as per order issued by chief secretary Temjen Toy on Saturday.
It includes shops for truck repairs along the highways with stipulated minimum distancing.
All shops, including shops in residential complexes and market complexes, except shops in multi-brand and single brand malls, outside the limits of municipalities and town councils with 50% strength of workers with wearing of masks and social distancing being mandatory.
All shops, including neighborhood shops and stand alone shops, shops in residential complexes within the limits of municipalities and town councils, except shops in market complexes and multi-brand and single brand malls, with 50% strength of workers with wearing of masks and social distancing being mandatory.
The order stated that the proprietors of the shops and establishments which are allowed to open will make arrangements for keeping hand sanitizers or provide facilities for hand washing with soap and water for the public as well as for their own staff/workers.
The proprietors of the shops and establishments should also get the door handles surfaces and other objects which are frequently touched by people regularly cleaned and disinfected.
The order also called for ensuring social distancing protocol as specified in the lockdown measures, National COVlD-I9 directives and Standard Operating Procedure.