New Delhi: West Delhi district authorities on Sunday ordered the sealing of the Punjabi Basti market and the Janta market in Delhi Nangloi until November 30.
The decision was made after it was found that the various COVID-19 Safety Guidelines were openly flouted, including on social distancing and wearing masks.
West Delhi’s District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) issued the order on Sunday, November 22, ordering markets to close.
“Government guidelines for wearing face masks, maintaining physical distancing and other COVID-19 safety measures have been flouted by both sellers and buyers in both rehri-patri markets ( street side) despite repeated instructions and warnings from officials, ”the official said.
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District officials, along with police and teams from the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), conducted an inspection to ensure market closures and the elimination of encroachments in both markets.
The action comes two days after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said his government did not want to close any markets and assured their associations to support the government in preventing the spread of the COVID-19 infection through these places.