Coronavirus: Delhi markets to remain open as CM Arvind Kejriwal asks associations to cooperate

Markets in Delhi will remain open as Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has sought the cooperation of market associations to curb the spread of Covid--19.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (Image credit: Twitter/@ArvindKejriwal)

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday met with the representatives of the market associations and assured them that the government was not in favour of another lockdown to counter the latest spike in Covid-19 cases in the capital. The chief minister, however, sought their cooperation and said that the association can play a vital role in promoting Covid-appropriate behavior.

“I am meeting representatives of market associations today to seek their cooperation to ensure appropriate Covid behaviour at market places. Market associations can play very important role,” CM Kejriwal tweeted in the morning. A few hours later, he shared that the representatives of the market associations have assured him cooperation.

“I met with the representatives of market associations. I removed their anxieties - the government does not wish to shut any market. They assured anyone not wearing a mask in the market will be provided free by the market association. All shops will also be asked to keep spare masks and hand sanitisers,” CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted.

In a meeting that went on for an hour and a half, CM Kejriwal said the government, however, hasn't ruled out lockdown of markets as coronavirus cases have been rising steadily in the national capital, touching an all-time high. The chief minister has asked Presidents of market associations to make sure that SOPs are followed.

WHAT ASSOCIATIONS WILL HAVE TO DO

1. Make sure customers wear mask

The associations will have to make sure customers in their markets wear masks at all times. The associations have been advised to provide masks to those customers who don't have one.

2. Follow social distancing

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal pointed out that the last few days saw markets swamped with buyers, which according to many is the reason behind the surge in numbers. Crowding of markets has to stop and the onus now lies with associations.

3. Provision for sanitisers

The markets have to provide proper sanitisation to customers as well as get sanitisation done in the markets regularly. Challans will be levied if sanitisation is not done properly.

This comes almost a week after the Aam Adami Party chief had said that the Delhi government will send a proposal to the Centre asking to shut down the markets violating Covid rules.

Hit by a third wave of Covid-19, the Delhi government has been implementing a slew of measures to bring the situation under control. On Thursday, the city government increased the fine for not wearing a mask in public places from Rs 500 to Rs 2000. The government has also requested people not to celebrate Chhath Puja at public places.

The total number of Covid-19 cases in Delhi has reached 5,10,630 after reporting 7,546 fresh cases on Thursday while the total number of recoveries is now 4,59,368.

(With inputs from Aishwarya Paliwal in New Delhi)

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