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MP traders, shopkeepers to follow ‘rule of six’: Minister

Madhya Pradesh Minister Omprakash Sakhlecha holding discussions with representatives of traders’ organisations on Sunday. Photo: DPR/Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal, June 6 (MNN) As Madhya Pradesh is unlocking due to decreasing coronavirus cases, state Minister Omprakash Sakhlecha said on Sunday that the shopkeepers and traders would have to follow the ‘rule of six’ during the gradual opening up of different activities.

It means they would ensure not more than six persons were present on their premises at any given point in time, the Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Science and Technology and Covid control in Neemach district said.

Sakhlecha held discussions with representatives of traders’ organisations in Javad, Athana, Nayagaon, Sarwaniya Maharaj and Morvan, Deken, Ratangarh and Singoli on Sunday.

During the meeting, the Minister said that all traders, shopkeepers and fruit and vegetable sellers must get their Covid tests done.

Special camps would be held by authorities at various places on Monday, in which COVID tests of traders will be done free of cost. It is mandatory for the traders to have negative Covid test reports to conduct business.

Sakhlecha shops dealing in fertilisers, seeds, agricultural equipment, medical and grocery shops would be allowed to open six days a week, while 50 per cent of other shops and establishments would be opened.

Seating of people by placing benches outside hotels, tea-snack shops will be strictly prohibited and parcel facility made available.

The Minister said that coronavirus patients who had recovered should also get themselves tested again.

He asked the traders should meet with SDMs concerned to consent to guidelines regarding opening of half of the shops in markets, so that the officers can issue appropriate orders.

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