So far, there has been no case of coronavirus in Meghalaya

Shillong: While the Meghalaya government announced that the state’s oldest market — Iewduh or Bara Bazar in Shillong — will be completely closed, it has made certain arrangements for setting up of temporary markets for vegetables and meat at certain areas in and around the capital city.

Announcing that the state will go under lockdown from Monday evening till March 29, allowing partial relief on Thursday (March 26), deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong urged the citizens to once again cooperate as this is a crucial period.

Tynsong informed that small vegetable markets will be set up temporarily in areas such as Anjalee point to Cantonment Police Beat House, Laitkor (Lad Smit), Madan Umdiengpun-7th Mile, Upper Shillong and Mawlai Mawiong on March 26. This has been done to ease the rush of people during that lean time granted to people to buy their essential commodities.

“We would further request again because from tonight itself, the government has decided to declare a lockdown till March 29, barring March 26. We will again get back to you what next to be done. I would urge everyone to cooperate with the arrangements made by the government, then maybe Meghalaya can come out safe from this,” said Tynsong.

As mentioned by the government earlier that public transport will also be stopped allowing 25% operation of local taxis and auto rickshaws on March 26, inter-district private transport will also be closed. Within Shillong, private transport will be restricted to number plates with odd and even numbers on dates such as — March 24 (odd numbers), March 25 (even numbers), March 26 (odd numbers), March 27 (even numbers), March 28 (odd numbers) and March 29 (even numbers).

Government offices in the state will function with an overall 30% strength.

When asked about what steps the government will take to help the unorganised sector, Tynsong said, “For those in the established sector, we will issue an order that they should not deduct the pay of employees. But we have so many unorganised sectors where it is difficult for us to step in. So, above all, health is more important than anything else, so I request each and everyone to kindly cooperate because this is a sensitive period for all of us. Social distancing is a must to avoid the spread of this disease.”

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