SRINAGAR — The authorities on Tuesday said that the shops, business establishments will remain open on a rotation basis while public transport will ply with 50 per cent of seating capacity in Srinagar district in view of COVID-19 containment measures.
In an order, district magistrate, Mohammad Ajaz said that markets having shops on both sides of the road will remain open on a rotation basis on a particular day while markets having shops on one side of the road will remain open on an odd-even basis.
“Shops on one side of the road only, shall open on a particular day/date. The other side shall remain closed completely. The sequence of opening shall be on rotation basis. Markets having shops on one side of the road only will be open on an odd-even basis. Odd numbered shops to open on odd dates and even numbered shops to open on even dates,” reads the order.
It reads that the Joint Commissioner Administration, SMC will ensure proper numbering of the shops.
“Shopping complexes/malls/equivalent business establishments will open only alternate shops on rotation basis.”
The order reads that public transport (matadors/mini buses/buses etc) shall be permitted to ply only at 50 per cent of authorised seating capacity. “The District Superintendent of Police shall ensure compliance to this effect.”
It reads that this shall be subject to the mandatory provisions which includes that the notified Containment Zones only essential services/establishments shall operate as per norms.
“Guidelines issued by State Executive Committee shall be strictly adhered to. The SOPs issued by the Govt of J&K for hotels and restaurants, shopping malls and salons/ barber shops etc shall be strictly followed.”
The order reads that wearing mask and physical distancing shall be mandatory, equidistant circle in paint indicating mandatory distance (1 metre) shall be marked outside every shop/establishment.
“Every shop/establishment shall be properly sanitized before being made operational. Hand sanitizers/hand wash/soap etc shall also be compulsorily made available at every establishment.”
The order reads that the trade and business organisations shall make all efforts to ensure adherence of SOPs in markets.
“Containment Zones and Hotspot areas shall follow the specifically prescribed protocol for such areas. Violation of this order shall attract a penalty of Rs. 1000/ for each offence.”
As per the order, medical/chemist shops have been exempted from operation of this order. (KNO)