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    Keep shops open from 9 AM to 5 PM on Weekdays: KCC

    The trade body said that the traders and their associates in the city should strictly maintain distance from truck drivers, handymen and labours at their shops

    Guwahati: The Kamrup Chamber of Commerce (KCC) has asked all the traders in the city to limit their business operation between 9 AM to 5 PM on Weekdays till June 30.

    All shops were asked to remain closed on Sundays.

    The KCC direction came following a steep rise in COVID positive cases in the city. The state health department also suspected of a possible community transmission in the city.

    The trade body said that the traders and their associates in the city should strictly maintain distance from truck drivers, handymen and labours at their shops, gowdowns and to conduct a proper sanitization of every individual.

    “Truck drivers and handymen coming from outside Assam are having more such disease and the same is being spread through them. It is necessary for being cautious for everyone’s safety.

    State’s health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the ‘possible’ transmission might have been spread via truck drivers and places having godowns as the truckers have been traveling across the borders carrying essentials.

    The KCC has also urged the business establishments to advise their marketing executives and others visiting the business premises for promoting products to conduct such activities over call or video conferencing to reduce physical visits.

    M P Jain, KCC President, on Wednesday said, “The traders must ensure that proper arrangements are made outside their establishment for thermal scanner, sanitizer, mask and making social distancing besides controlling the number of customers entering your premises at the entrance only.”

    Ensure every customer entering your premises also follows basic guidelines like wearing a proper mask, social distancing to be maintained and hand sanitization, etc. to be strictly carried out, he added.

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