Bhubaneswar: Amid a sharp surge in Covid-19 cases in the city, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) today issued a set of guidelines to decentralize market places/haats to reduce crowding for containment of the spread of the virus.
The notification issued by the BMC said that in spite of various government measures/stipulations for containment of the spread of the virus, it is observed that proper social distancing is not being maintained in crowded market places/haats of Bhubaneswar like Unit-I wholesale market and Unit-IV markets, etc.
In view of public safety, the BMC has issued the following guidelines for strict adherence by all concerned.
- The Zonal Deputy Commissioners of BMC shall identify suitable places in consultation with the respective market associations & local ACP/11C for conducting the markets/ haats at decentralized places for ease of the public as well as for their safety. The places identified during the 1st phase and 2nd phase of the pandemic can be utilized this time again.
- The vendors should sit sufficiently apart so that social distancing norms are adhered to by them as well as by the public.
- The Zonal DCs to undertake demarcations/barricading etc so that COVID norms can be followed properly.
- The Enforcement teams of BDA/BMC with the help of local police to ensure proper enforcement in a periodic manner to ensure adherence to the guidelines.