Shillong: After a spot inspection was carried out at Iewduh market, which is Meghalaya’s oldest market, the government on Tuesday decided to allow 30% to 33% of the shops to open.
Meghalaya deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong informed that the decision was taken after a detailed discussion and based on inputs received from the acting Syiem of Hima Mylliem and CEM of KHADC.
The Iewduh market will open from June 22. 12,220 shops are entitled to begin business. The shops will follow a rotational system and will have to adhere to SOPs and protocols issued by the health department.
The shops which will continue to be closed are the fish, meat, book stalls and betel nut section.
Iewduh has close to 1,000 hawkers and the government will continue to restrict vendors at Iewduh during this pandemic.
Government has urged people to adhere to the health protocols since the government is working to ease the relaxations.
Tynsong also informed that another decision was made during the review meeting held on Tuesday. The weekly market in the state will be allowed to reopen.
However, border haats and inter-state weekly markets will not be allowed to reopen. The weekly markets will be allowed to reopen from June 29.
“We have directed Deputy Commissioners’ to have a consultation with all concerned stakeholders as far as reopening of weekly market is concerned. They have been asked to work out modalities to work on the decision made by the government today,” added Tynsong.