Paltan China Town market in Dhaka was briefly shut down on Tuesday for the widespread violation of Covid health guidelines.
A team of Bangladesh Shop Owners Association closed the market at about 12:00pm, but it was allowed to open after about an hour.
Helal Uddin, president of the association, said that they allowed the market to open after about two hours after the market authorities promised to improve the situation and maintain health guidelines.
Zahurul Haque Bhuiyan, secretary general of the shop owners association, and Raunak, president of the market committee, were present during the closure.
Earlier on Monday, cabinet secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam said that the police, city corporations and executive magistrates were asked to conduct drives to ensure that shoppers followed the health guidelines at markets.
‘Strong actions would be taken from now on if the mandatory use of masks and other health guidelines were not followed in markets,’ Anwarul said.
Meanwhile, Dhaka Metropolitan mobile courts raided Bashundhara City Shopping Complex and New Market areas to monitor whether health guidelines were followed by traders and shoppers.
The mobile court led by executive magistrate Sanjib Das fined 21 people Tk 6,050 for not wearing masks at New Market areas while another mobile court led by executive magistrate Sheikh Rafiqul Haque fined 17 traders and buyers Tk 5,500 for violation of health guidelines at Bashundhara City Shopping Complex.
The government on April 25 allowed shops to run during restrictions on public movement and overall activities on condition of maintaining health guidelines.
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