Srinagar: District Magistrate Srinagar on Friday has issued a schedule with conditions for opening of shops and business establishments from June 13 .
As per the official handout, the schedule comes in the wake of consultations and deliberations held with stakeholders in which the trade and business associations and bodies were sensitised about notified SOPs and the requirement for observance thereof and measures to be put in place for COVID-19 containment.
Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal took to twitter and wrote; “This detailed background and table of permitted activities may be little complex to understand but we’re dealing with more complex situation. Pls read & follow carefully.”
This detailed background and table of permitted activities may be little complex to understand but we’re dealing with more complex situation. Pls read & follow carefully👇. #Srinagar pic.twitter.com/hy2QtbVd26
— Shahid Choudhary (@listenshahid) June 12, 2020
Suggestions and recommendations in this regard were also obtained from SKIMS, GMC Srinagar, SKIMS H&MC Bemina and Directorate of Health Services Kashmir and sector-specific SOPs have been devised taking into account such recommendations and standard protocols as notified by the competent authority, it read.
As far the public transport, the order reads that three wheelers with 02 Passengers have been allowed under SEC guidelines. Further guidelines will be notified separately after ongoing apacity building for public transport stall. In compliance of Hon ble High Court directions and SEC guidelines cited above No Parking shall be allowed on roads except designated/ notified parking places, the order reads.
Issued under the provisions as contained in the Disaster Management Act 2005, Section 144 of the CrPC and the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897, the schedule is in line with the J&K State Executive Committee (SEC) notification with guidelines issued vide Order No. 61-JK(DMRRR) of 2020 dated 07-June-2020 which gives guidelines about permissible activities and allows opening of 50 percent shops.
The notified schedule states that shops including bookshops, stationeries, chemists, medical product shops, grocery, fruit and vegetable shops, milk & milk products, meat/poultry, farming products (agriculture, horticulture, sericulture, etc.), repair workshops, e-commerce & courier, hotels/ restaurants for home-delivery/take-away, bakery, and other essential products will open full day on weekdays from Monday to Saturday.
Business establishments dealing in readymade garments, cloth, cosmetics, footwear, electronics & electrical equipment, jewellery, and tailors/designers/boutiques will open from 11 am to 5.30 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
It states that shops and businesses dealing in handicrafts, handlooms, hardware, building material, furniture, furnishing, automobiles, services stations, saloons/barbers/beauty parlours and all other sectors will open from 11 am to 5.30 pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The order states that this permission shall be subject to conditions and mandatory adherence to guidelines and provisions as notified thereunder — including that in the notified containment zones only the essential service establishments can operate and that the J&K SEC guidelines issued vide Order No. 38-JK (DMRRR) of 2020 dated 14-April-2020 and instructions contained in Para 7 of SOP annexed to Order No. 61-JK(DMRRR) of 2020 dated 07-June-2020 must be strictly adhered to.
Giving further details of conditions that the issued schedule for opening of shops and business establishments is subject to it states that the SOPs as contained in the J&K Government Order No. 62-JK(DMRRR) of 2020 dated 07-June-2020 for hotels and restaurants, shopping malls and salons/barbershops etc shall have to be complied with in letter and spirit. It states that concerned market associations shall be responsible for ensuring total observance of all SOPs in all markets.