District administration close down market areas in city due to non-compliance to Covid protocols

Random testing conducted in Nongmensong on Tuesday.

Shillong, May 11: Markets in Mawbah, Jhalupara, Nongmensong and Polo areas of the city were closed on Tuesday after the East Khasi Hills district administration ordered their closure due to non-compliance of protocols set by the Health department, by the public.

Meanwhile authorities of the district administration in other parts of the city were seen enforcing the lockdown and ensuring that the shopkeepers and the public followed protocols.

Police personnel in Dhanketi, Laitumkhrah, Motphran and Khyndailad were seen checking the vehicles if they possessed passes or not.

In Polo, one of the busiest market areas in the city, the district administration was seen enforcing the closure of shops.

B. D. Phanbuh, Executive Magistrate who was part of the team monitoring the situation said that in Polo areas the footfall of the public is more.

“The customers do not follow the protocols and even the shops when asked to maintain SoPs, some of them can’t enforce them and maybe based on this the government decided to close the market for two days,” Phanbuh said.

He said that the Polo market area is vulnerable for the public to contract the virus because it is very congested, especially the Municipal Market.

However, Phanbuh said that the administration has suggested the vendors who have stalls selling vegetables and fish inside the Polo Municipal Market to carry their goods and sell them in their respective localities so that it does not affect their livelihoods.

He also said that there are people who follow the protocols but there are others who are taking things lightly.

“It is very difficult for us to enforce the protocols people rush to the market area,” Phanbuh said even as he appealed to those staying in Polo and adjoining areas not to come out of their houses to the market unnecessarily.

He also informed that few persons have been fined for not wearing masks.

In Nongmensong district authorities carried out random testing. A large number of residents were seen lining up to get themselves tested.

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