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All essential goods markets to open in Manipur on Saturday

IMPHAL: Four days after Manipur announced complete closure of all types of shops till April 12 over COVID-19 pandemic, governor Najma Heptulla on Friday ordered a one-day relaxation from the curfew for sale of essential commodities on Saturday.

The decision was taken in view of the Easter and Cheiraoba celebrations as the state remained in complete shutdown, including grocery shops, vegetable vendors and petrol pumps since April 5 as part of intensified efforts to contain COVID-19 in Manipur.
In addition, all petrol pumps will also be allowed to open for sale for public under the condition of maintain social distancing norms, informed CAF&PD commissioner Bobby Waikhom in a statement.
Vegetable vendors have also been instructed to mark an adequate space for their customers to maintain proper social distancing
The three Ima Keithels (women markets) in Imphal will continue to remain shut, the statement said.
Similarly, Bishnupur district deputy commissioner Neeta Arambam has instructed the locals, including shopkeepers, vendors and petrol pump owners and customers, to wear face masks as a must while outdoors for self-protection from COVID-19.
Any none compliance to the advisory may lead to the imposition of fine or penalty, the DC said.
Earlier, shops selling essential items, including vegetable vendors, were allowed to open on alternate days to avoid mass gathering and to exercise proper social distancing amid the coronavirus outbreak.
However, following reports of a 65-year-old man from Lilong area in Imphal testing positive for coronavirus, the second COVID-19 patient in Manipur, the state went for total lockdown from April 5 to intensify the containment process of the deadly virus in the state.

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