Shillong: With the view to regulate operation of Iewduh, the Deputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hills District in an order issued on 18th October, 2020 has informed that 1245 numbers of shops in Iewduh will open three times a week i.e. 623 shops per day with effect from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM strictly as per the regulated arrangements made by the Syiem of Hima Mylliem.
In addition, 117 vegetable stalls/shops from fixed premises will also open three times a week as per the regulated arrangements made by the Syiem of Hima Mylliem and hawkers/vendors shall not be allowed to sit in front of the stalls/shops.
The tomato wholesale market will open daily and the Myntri and his team will regulate the space to be used by the seller and vehicles will not be allowed to park within the wholesale market.
Operation of shops shall strictly adhere to the prescribed standard operating procedures of the Government and mandatory compliance to all the advisories of the Health and Family Welfare Department without fail.
The order states that the Syiem of Hima Mylliem must ensure due compliance by the shop owner to the norms, protocols and advisories of the Government of Meghalaya in the Health and Family Welfare Department with special and strict reference to social distancing concerning to COVID-19 situation.
The Deputy Commissioner also directed shopkeepers and customers to strictly maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet, not to overcrowd in one area or shop, to wear mask, refrain from spitting in public places, follow respiratory etiquette, hand hygiene and hand sanitizers to be provided by the shop owners at the entry and exit of the shop, frequent sanitization of the shop, to cooperate with management made by the Syiem of Hima Mylliem and District Police and to ensure compulsory compliance to the conditions in prohibitory and night curfew orders issued on 18th October, 2020 which are promulgated under Section 144 CrPC.
The order also states that violation of any or all the norms and protocols will entail legal action and closure of the shops. (MIPR)