After two days, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) directed to shut down the Main Bazaar, Laxmi Nagar from Vikas Marg to Lovely Public School, Kishan Kunj, and its surrounding markets due to violation of COVID 19 safety protocols, it ordered to reopen this markets from Saturday.
The DDMA in an order stated, “A meeting of DDMA (East) was held 02.07.2021 wherein various issues were discussed. After the deliberation in the meeting on these aspects and on the basis of assurance from Delhi Police, MCD and Market Association, DDMA (E) agreed that the Main Bazar, Laxmi Nagar from Vikas Marg to Lovely Public School, Kishan Kunj and its surrounding markets like Mangal Bazar, Vijay Chowk, Subhash Chowk, Jagatram Park, etc can be allowed to function with effect from 3 July.” The Management authority informed that the traders assured that they will adhere to the COVID 19 appropriate behavior.
New Conditions to be followed by traders and shopkeepers :
- The chamber of trade and industry along with market association should ensure that COVID appropriate behavior and DDMA guidelines are strictly followed by everyone present there.
- It is notified that the shopkeepers must ensure that DDMA guidelines are maintained by their customers. It further stated that there should be a limited number of customers inside the shop. Those visitors without masks and who are not following social distancing norms should not be entertained by the shopkeepers.
- District police are required to facilitate a sufficient number of personnel in the area. Furthermore. it is advised to adopt adequate measures to stagger crowd movement and must ensure that all DDMA guidelines with COVID appropriate behavior are followed.
- The Traffic police must supervise the vehicular movement and must implement ‘No parking’ in and around the market places.
- The East Delhi Municipal Corporation must make sure that only authorized vendors, shopkeepers, and Hawkers are allowed in the markets.
- Officials have been asked to mobile testing vans at the markets and also to initiate vaccination drives for vendors at nearby vaccination centers.
- Officials are directed to keep strict surveillance in the market and are asked to submit a status report daily.
After almost two months, when the COVID 19 cases kept decreasing in Delhi, the markets were enabled to function in the third week of June. Following which the shopkeepers and traders failed to abide by the COVID 19 protocols that resulted in overcrowding, reportedly. The Traders’ bodies in Delhi soon notified that it is difficult to control crowds outside the markets and stated that it is the responsibility of the administration to manage the crowds outside the markets.