Assam’s Dima Hasao deputy commissioner Paul Barua instructed all shop owners in the district to strictly abide by physical distancing norms and make hand sanitizers mandatory in shops to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
On directives of the government to all districts, the deputy commissioner held a meeting with the officials from Haflong Municipal Board and members of the Haflong Market Association at his chamber on Monday.
Strictly instructing the members of the market association to abide by all the directives issued by the government to prevent the spread of the dreaded coronavirus, Barua put the onus on market association regarding following of social distancing norms and hand sanitization while customers visit their shops.
Clearly stating the importance of adopting the measures in the market place with the rising cases of virus infection among the people in the State, the deputy commissioner said, “ Owners of shops should mandatorily draw lines as safe points by maintaining at least one-meter distance at their shops and should have soaps and water or hand sanitizers kept for customers in-order ensure hand hygiene.”
Haflong Municipal Board is to ensure that proper social distancing norms is followed by the vendors at the open market areas especially where the local vegetable vendors from far off places sell their produce at Lal field on weekdays and weekly market day.
He affirmed that a team under ADC will carry out an inspection to ensure adherence of the instruction in all shops at the market.
Others present during the meeting were ADC Deepak Jidung, DIPRO Purabi Phonglo, DPO- DDMA Riki Phukan.