Shillong: The spike in COVID-19 cases in Shillong has forced the government yet again to enforce several restrictions. The restrictions will be put in place in the agglomeration that includes Shillong and 10 other towns.

As per the restrictions all bars, clubs, cinema halls, salons/beauty parlours and several other places that may attract public gatherings shall remain closed from April 26 to April 30. Inspection to ensure strict compliance with the order will also be carried out by concerned authorities.

Meanwhile, many of the shop owners have raised concerns regarding the challenges that may arise with the enforcement of the restrictions. EastMojo visited Khyndailad popularly known as Police Bazar on April 22 and interacted with the locals on how they look at the recent restrictions placed by the government.

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Several shop owners had suggested that the government should opt for odd and even basis and not implement a total shutdown of ‘non-essential’ shops.

One of the shop owners expressed that small businesses are still struggling to recover from losses caused due to last year’s lockdown. “We had suffered a huge loss in business and were slowly limping back to normalcy,” a shopkeeper said.

Many even fear that situations would be the same as 2020 and have urged the government to come up with a plan that benefits both the common man and the government and also ensuring that COVID-19 is curbed.

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