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Ramakanta Biswas

Ganjam: Ganjam district administration on Sunday issued a five-point strategy (panchasutra) for all shopkeepers in the district to put a lease on the relentless rise in cases of Covid-19.

In a video message, Ganjam Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange announced the plan for the shopkeepers and stressed that social distancing norms must be followed strictly in coming days to keep the virus at bay.

“For shopkeepers, I am announcing five-point guidelines. The first point is double barricading so that customers should not get much closer to the shopkeeper and infection can be avoided. Secondly, the shopkeeper will wear mask and make covering of faces compulsory for those visiting the shop. In addition, they will put up ‘No Mark, No Goods’ board in their shops,” Kulange said.

The third point is to draw circles in front of their shops to ensure that customers stand in a queue and maintain two metres distance from each other. The fourth point is all shopkeeper s will keep sanitisers with them and make arrangements for hand washing for customers.

“The fifth and most important point is that vendors will maintain contact diary of all customers. They will keep details of those customers visiting their shops. The contact diary will help us to conduct contract tracing in case any shopkeeper or customer test positive for the virus,” Kulange said.

All the shopkeepers are bound to obey the five-point rules in their shops. If any shopkeeper found defying the rules, strong action will be taken against them, he added.

The district administration has made a provision of fine against violators and FIR along with closure of shops for one month in case of violation of the guidelines.

Similarly, strict warning has been issued against indulgence in any community sports or games like cricket, volley, cards etc., the district collector said adding that in case of any violation, penalty with forced quarantine and lodging of FIR will also be made.

He added that despite reports of more cases, Covid-19 situation is under control in Ganjam. Due to door-to-door surveillance the authorities are now able to trace more infected persons and treating them.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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