Delhi: Sarojini traders take Covid safety in their own hands | Delhi News - Times of India

Delhi: Sarojini traders take Covid safety in their own hands | Delhi News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: Taking note of increasing chaos at Sarojini Nagar Market, shopkeepers themselves are coming forward to implement measures for social distancing. Traders’ associations have installed hoardings at the entry and exit points asking people to wear masks properly, maintain social distancing and avoid gathering in large groups.
“We have drawn circles outside shops for visitors to maintain social distancing. Two people at small stalls and three at big shops are allowed to stand at a time and the rest are asked to wait in a queue outside. Of late, crowding was observed around shops and stalls that could have led to the spread of the viral infection,” said Ashok Randhawa, president of Mini Market Traders’ Association, Sarojini Nagar.
Some traders have also closed the trial rooms. Customers are being asked to try apparels at their home and return the bought items in 2-3 days if those don’t fit them well. “We have asked traders to minimise interactions and ensure people entering their shops wear masks and use sanitisers,” said Randhawa.
Ashok Kalra of Sarojini Nagar Market Association (big shops) said that traders have installed hoardings at entry gates near their shops. “We have also planned to draw circles around shops and will take a final decision on this after the executive members’ meeting on Friday. Regarding sanitisation and awareness programmes also, we have taken some steps because we want all customers as well as shopkeepers to stay safe,” he said.
The traders claimed to have requested Delhi Police and the local administration to increase the number of civic defence volunteers and staff for keeping check on violators and ensuring that people wear masks properly. “Most of the people visiting the market wear masks. But the problem is that they are wearing them below their nose or chin, a practice which will go only when there would be strict implementation of norms,” said a trader.
At Connaught Place, the traders’ association has circulated a DM’s letter to follow the Covid norms. “Our members are already alert and following the norms strictly. Also, there are stickers pasted on the floor and gates of shops for maintaining social distancing,” said Amit Gupta, executive member of New Delhi Traders’ Association.
Public gatherings during Holi and other upcoming festivals have been banned in the city in the wake of the recent surge in Covid cases. “In our market, we have already spread awareness about it,” said Rakesh Yadav, president of Federation of Sadar Bazar Traders’ Associations.

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