Delhi markets ordered to shut down for violating guidelines.

Two evening markets in Delhi were ordered to shut down till the end of November for violating safety guidelines for COVID-19.The notice to shut down the market was sent within few hours.

On Friday Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the government does not want to close markets.The Market Association representatives were by CM Arvind Kejriwal asked to provide masks to people who were no wearing in a virtually held meeting.

The cases have crossed 5.29 lakhs and The CM has allowed the centre to shut markets for some days in places that emerged as hotspots for COVID-19.

The Punjabi bastion market and the Janta market in Nangloi area in Delhi with over 200 vendors dealing in these markets have been ordered to shut down after it was noticed that hardly anyone was wearing masks or following social distancing in these two markets on Sunday by the orders of District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) in West Delhi.

Two Evening Markets In Delhi Shut For Violating COVID-19 Guidelines

“It has come to the notice of West DDMA that directives issued by the Delhi government with regard to wearing of masks, maintaining social distancing are being flouted in Punjabi Basti and Janta markets in the Nangloi area,” Dharmendra Kumar, Additional District Magistrate of DDMA West Delhi

The West Delhi district officials and the police also made sure that these two markets were shut by visiting them.

But on Monday,the Delhi government withdrew the order to shut the market ,hence it is a big relief for the market association of Nangloi.

The general secretary of the Shukar Bazar market association in Nangloi in the defence of the marketers said that all the norms were followed and the order to seal the market was wrong. He said that the basis of which the markets were sealed was of the crowd on the main road near the market.

On Sunday Delhi marked 6,746 new COVID-19 cases and 120 deaths. Delhi is under the third wave of corona virus with a rate of 1.58 per cent whereas the national fatality rate is 1.48 per cent. The total figure includes 4,81,260 recoveries and 40,212 active cases.

The Delhi government also raised the fine from₹500 to ₹2000 for not wearing masks,violating quarantine rules,social distancing,or chewing or spitting tobacco or Pan masala

According to experts the high rate of daily Corona virus cases is because of large number of non residents coming to the city for treatment,unfavourable weather conditions and pollution.Also the easing out of restrictions exposed low resistance to the virus.

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