Shopkeepers in Khm deny entry of public to shops without masks

Signage in front of a shop in Kohima informing customers to wear face masks. (Morung Photo)
Signage in front of a shop in Kohima informing customers to wear face masks. (Morung Photo)

Our Correspondent
Kohima | July 19 

Shopkeepers in the State capital Kohima have started denying the entry of public to their shops without wearing face masks as protective measures against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recently, the Kohima Chamber of Commerce & Industries (KCCI) mandated shops in Kohima to exercise a ‘No Mask, No Entry’ rule in their respective commercial establishments.

Signage has been put up on the entrance gate or door across all shops here.

“For the good of everyone, we are disallowing the entry of public to the shops without wearing a mask,” a shopkeeper told The Morung Express.

“We hardly see visitors coming to our shop without facial masks nowadays,” said another shopkeeper who runs a cosmetic shop. He assumed that about 99 percent of the people wear face masks by now.

“We still find one or two cases in a day. Yet, customers are very cooperative as and when we request them not only for the use of mask but social distancing norms as well,” said another shopkeeper who runs a footwear outlet around Old Taxi stand.

A certain petrol pump in Kohima has also put up a signage stating ‘No Mask, No Petrol/Diesel.’ Meanwhile, a woman who sells face masks along the Super Market lane said that “there are fewer buyers these days,” assuming that almost everyone has face masks now. 

The Kohima Municipal Council (KMC) recently came out with an order to impose Rs. 100 as fine against those person found without wearing face masks.

Recently, Kohima Deputy Commissioner, Gregory Thejawelie through an order, warned that anybody found without face mask or with mask without properly covering the nose and mouth shall be booked and fined under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860.