Shillong, May 25: The East Khasi Hills district administration has closed down Smit and Lad Smit markets in view of violation of health protocols.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the deputy commissioner, Isawanda Laloo said that reports have been received from the incident commander-cum-block development officer, Mawryngkneng C&RD block that the traders/vendors and public at Smit and Lad Smit markets are not following the protocols, despite regulation on opening of shops, and strict instructions that people should move out only for essential purposes.
It was noticed that many were not complying to the protocols of the health department and that the market was seen to be crowded, and there were still some persons who were not wearing masks or observing physical distancing with due diligence.
“ And whereas this laxity is a cause of concern in view of the ongoing fast spread of Covid-19, Hence exercise of the powers conferred under the Meghalaya Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19 Regulations, 2020 for containment of any possible spread of Covid-19, it is necessary that the market at Lad Smit and Smit market shall remain closed, until further orders”, the order said.
The DC informed that the Block Development Officer, Mawryngkneng C&RD Block will convene a meeting with the Syiem of Hima Khyrim, Sordars, CCMTs and market committee in this regard prior to any reopening, to ensure that protocols are strictly followed by all concerned.