New Delhi: The Delhi government on Friday closed several markets in the Tilak Nagar areas till July 27 for flouting COvid-19 norms, officials said. Jitender Singh, the sub-divisional magistrate, Patel Nagar on Thursday had issued an order for the closure of the Tilak’s Nagar market areas including Mall road, main market, Mangal Bazar road, old market, and fruit market area.
The decision was taken after reports emerged that shopkeepers and the customers in the areas were not following proper Covid-19 protocols.
“It was reported that general public/shopkeepers of the market are not adhering to health protocol which may accelerate the Covid positivity rate in multiple ways and the market may be the hotspot in future for spreading COVID-19,” the order said.
It added that another report by the Station House Officer (SHO) of the Tilak Nagar said that “DDMA guidelines/covid protocol was not followed in Tilak Nagar markets” after a physical inspection of the site.
The report by the SHO also recommended the closure of the market “for at least three to five days to avoid the spread of the virus again”.
Several other markets have also been closed for flouting Covid-19 norms ever since the state government announced relaxations in the lockdown curbs following a sharp decline in the number of cases.
The Laxmi Nagar market was shut down on June 30 while the Lajpat Nagar Market and the Rui Madni in Sadar Bazaar were closed on July 5.
Other markets to be closed due to the violations of Covid-19 norms are Kamla Nagar and Sarojini Nagar.
Delhi has seen a massive drop in the number of cases since it hit its peak in May when it reported upward of 20,000 daily cases and close to 500 deaths.
This decline in cases has prompted the government to announce massive relaxations in the lockdown curbs with most of the commercial activities being allowed while adhering to Covid-19 protocols.
With inputs from PTI