KOLKATA: Major non-essential commodity markets — Chandni Chowk, Prinsep Street, Ezra Street, Mango Lane and Canning Street, along with a few others — in the central business district will remain closed for the next four days. Posta and some other markets that deal with food items would be functional. The decision was taken on Wednesday by the Confederation of West Bengal Trade Associations (CWBTA). The association believes that it would help break the corona chain.
CWBTA president Sushil Poddar said: “We appeal to all our constituent associations to keep their markets, shops and establishment closed from Thursday till Sunday to break the chain of coronavirus. Please bear it in mind that Thursday is an election day and hence will have to be closed. The markets are scheduled to remain closed Saturday and Sunday as per a previous circular. So we just need to keep our shops closed for Friday to maintain the continuity and break the chain.”
CWBTA general secretary Rajesh Bhatia pointed out that for the safety of all traders, their staff, customers and the general public, some advisory is being issued to curtail and contain the pandemic. This includes operating all markets/shops/offices from 10am to 5pm and remain closed on Saturdays and Sundays. “Try to encourage work from home culture once again. Wearing of mask is compulsory for all staffers and customers. Offer free mask to customers not wearing one,” he said.
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