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AMC seals 122 units, fines 484 people for COVID-19 violations

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The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) sealed 122 units for violation of COVID-19 norms.

120 shops at Murtimant Complex in Relief road were among those sealed. The civic body also fined 484 people for not wearing a mask in public and earned Rs4.84 lakh by way of penalty on Tuesday.

 

The Gujarat government has increased the fine for not wearing a mask from Rs500 to Rs1000 from August 11 onwards.

The AMC has been carrying out a drive to ensure that COVID-19 norms including the use of a mask in the public and maintaining social distance are followed in the city.

The civic body sealed the entire Murtimant Complex at Relief Road. In all, 150 teams of the solid waste management department have been keeping an eye on malls, complexes and offices across the seven zones and 48 wards of the city for COVID-19 violations.

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Meetings with religious heads

AMC also held meetings with trustees and administrators of 469 temples, mosques, gurudwaras and other religious places to explain the COVID-19 guidelines that need to be followed at these places.

The meetings were held given the Janmashtami festival on Wednesday where the AMC is expecting a surge in crowds at temples. This could be a potential pitfall and hence the AMC held meetings with religious heads of all religious places to ensure that crowds are not allowed and social distancing is maintained at religious places.

Earlier actions 

The AMC on Sunday night sealed Mango Restaurant, Poetry Restaurant and Birmies at Sindhu Bhavan road while Gajanand Poha House near Vastrapur lake was also shut down for violation of COVID-19 norms.

AMC officials said that social distancing was not being maintained at the sealed units. Many customers were also found without a mask at these restaurants.

Before that the civic body had sealed the Central Mall near Ambawadi, the Alpha One Mall in Vastrapur, a salon in Maninagar, a Brand Factory Outlet in Shah Alam Area and Reliance Digital showroom in Prahladnagar. The office of Savior Pharma in Sarkhej was also sealed for similar violations.

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