The Dhaka Metropolitan Police on Thursday issued a fresh set of directives for operating shopping malls and markets during Eid shopping allowing rickshaws and CNG-run auto-rickshaws in a limited scale for shoppers’ movements.
The instructions came on Thursday as the government relaxed lockdown amid COVID-19 infection spike across the country and allowed reopening of shopping malls from May 10.
The instructions said that people were allowed to go to shopping malls and markets if they were within two kilometres of their residential areas.
It also said that shopping would be allowed 10.00am to 4.00pm.
The shoppers must show their identification cards or passports or driving licenses or utility bill receipts at entry points of markets and shopping centres in order to locate their residential areas, added the DMP instructions.
Police said that these papers would be required to locate shoppers’ residential areas so that no people travelled far from their homes.
Both buyers and shopkeepers were also instructed to wear masks.
According to the instructions, the owners could reopen their shops ensuring heath measures, including maintenance of social distancing and facilities for hand-washing and disinfectants ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr, the largest religious festival of Muslims.
The police also discouraged sick persons, elderly people and children from entering the market places.
DMP instructed that the markets and shopping centers would have to have separate entry and exit points and there must be social distancing demarcations in front of each shop.
DMP deputy commissioner Masudur Rahman said that there must be sanitised tunnel or chamber at the entry points of markets and all the shops must have temperature checking machines.
He told New Age that that police and the market authorities will enforce the instructions in coordination and no breaching of these instructions would be allowed.
He also added that the police was not allowing hawkers on pavements though the shopping malls will reopen on May 10.
The instructions also said that there must be sanitising facilities at parking areas of malls and all the vehicles would have to be sanitised.
Besides, the drivers of these vehicles must remain inside their cars and avoid gossiping with others.
Police also discouraged riding more than two people in a CNG-run auto-rickshaw while going for shopping.
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