Kohima: With reports of transmission of COVID-19 through wet markets and slaughter houses in some parts of the world, the Kohima municipality in Nagaland has notified all traders to operate as per the rules and regulations of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).
Kohima Municipal Council (KMC) administrator Kovi Meyase alerted all wet market and slaughter houses, including those dealing with fresh meat, poultry and raw fish, within its jurisdiction to collect all the waste or fluid in a proper designated place and sanitise the same.
While maintaining that traders must operate services as per the FSSAI guidelines, Meyase informed that it is done with a view to contain possible transmission and spread of the virus through such markets.
Penalty for trading violations:
Any traders violating the norms or guidelines will be penalised with Rs 500 for first instance, Rs 1,000 for second instance, and will further lead to cancellation of trade licences.
Penalty for public violations:
The KMC administrator also reminded the general public of Kohima town that the use of face masks and social distancing is mandatory and also spitting in public places is strictly prohibited during this hour of pandemic.
Anyone found violating the norms will be penalised. For spitting in public places, not wearing face mask, and failure to follow social distancing, an amount of Rs 100 will be imposed for first instance, Rs 200 for second instance, and will further be punishable the under Disaster Management Act Section 51(b).