Lower the shutters at 6 p.m. for 2 weeks, according to traders | Coimbatore News
Salem: District S collector Karmegam on Sunday ordered traders to close their outlets at 6 p.m. Monday through August 23, as the state government extended the lockdown with certain restrictions for an additional two weeks due to the surge in Covid-19 cases.
Meat and fish markets are only allowed to operate in open spaces and local authorities are encouraged to ensure that stores comply with standard operating procedures.
In a press briefing, Karmegam called on shopping malls, shopping complexes, textile and jewelry stores, supermarkets and grocery stores in the city to close their shutters at 6 p.m. The rule also applies to stores in Shevapet, Paul Market, Leigh Bazaar, Veerapandiyar Nagar, VOC Market, Chinna kadai veedhi, and Navalar Nedunchezhiyan Road and Longley Road. Shops are not allowed to use air conditioning facilities.
The weekly stalls in Konganapuram and Veeraganur and the park in the premises of the Mettur dam would remain closed during the period.
Likewise, tourists would not be allowed to go to Yercaud, a hill station in the neighborhood, on Saturdays and Sundays. “People fully vaccinated against Covid will be allowed to go to Yercaud on weekdays. Visitors must produce photocopies of vaccination certificates in front of the police, ”said the collector.
Stores were asked to keep disinfectants at the entrance and a heat shield for customers. “Store owners need to ensure that their staff members always wear face masks correctly, while not allowing customers to crowd outlets. Strict measures will be taken against store owners if they violate precautionary measures, ”said the collector.