GURUGRAM: The state government has decided to enforce closure of establishments dealing in non-essential items during weekends as Covid-19 cases are spiking in the state. Following the order of the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA), Gurugram is also headed for a weekend lockdown. All public and private offices, except those providing essential services, will remain shut on Saturdays and Sundays. Moreover, shopping malls and shops, barring those selling essential commodities, will not be allowed to operate during weekends.

MCG commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh on Friday instructed civic body officials to ensure that the order is implemented in private offices, markets, malls and shops which deal in non-essential services.

“I have already constituted five enforcement teams that will check shopping malls, bazaars, private offices and shopping complexes. Our teams will start make residents aware of the order via public address system from Saturday so that people know about the new weekend lockdown rules,” said Hariom Attri, joint commissioner-3, MCG, adding that chemist shops and stores selling groceries and vegetables will be allowed to operate.

MCG commissioner told TOI that the civic body’s office is exempted from this order as it provides essential municipal services. Essential services provided by public offices like GMDA will also be operating during weekends.
GMDA chief VS Kundu said though the development authority’s office is not open on Saturday and Sunday, the staff working on essential services like drainage and sewage will be at work round the clock and will be available during weekends also.
The new lockdown order, however, has come as a setback for shop owners. “The government while sending out the new order showed no concern about traders and shop owners. The shopkeepers, whose daily sale of products used to cross Rs 50,000, now earn only Rs 7,000-8,000 a day. The markets had started showing signs of recovery since people were coming out to purchase. But the new lockdown order will hamper our sales as a majority of people step out for shopping on Saturdays and Sundays. The government should have at least convened a meeting with traders before imposing the order,” said Kanhaiya Lal Pahwa, president, Haryana Vyapar Mandal, Gurugram.
The order will also be implemented in Faridabad.
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