Guwahati: Assam Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna on Sunday issued a revised set of directives -- one day after announcing a set of relaxations for the ongoing 14-day lockdown in Guwahati.
As per the revised set of guidelines, the new set of rules in Guwahati for the remainder of the lockdown period are as follows:
All standalone grocery shops will be allowed to operate between 11 am and 4 pm from Monday to Friday. To minimize the possibility of an outbreak, all of shopkeepers and customers shall have to wear masks, hand gloves, and maintain social distancing.
The Chief Secretary directed the maintenance of price line and the prevention of artificial shortage will be the responsibility of shopkeepers and the Food, Civil Supplies, and Consumer Affairs department.
The whole sellers of the grocery items will be allowed to replenish stocks of the retailers on June 5 and July 7 between 12 noon and 6 pm.
The house-to-house sale of fruits, vegetables, etc will be allowed on July 6 (Monday) and July 8 (Wednesday).
At the same time, the Chief Secretary has said that the roadside vending of fruits, vegetables, and other items, is strictly forbidden.
All the other restrictions, as informed earlier, shall remain in place, the Chief Secretary's new notice stated.
It needs mention here that Guwahati city -- the largest urban area in Northeast India -- has been placed under lockdown by the Government of Assam owing to the massive surge of COVID-19 cases, many of which are without travel history. On Saturday, the city registered as many as 777 COVID-19 positive cases.
Meanwhile, India's new cases of the coronavirus infection reached a record high on Sunday, with the Union Health Ministry saying 24,850 new cases were identified in the 24 hours. The tally in the country has now risen to 6,73,165 -- roughly 1,400 cases behind Russia. India also witnessed 613 deaths during the last 24-hour period, taking the total number of death count to 19,268.
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