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Follow safety guidelines, social distancing norms during shopping for essentials: Rajiv Gupta

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Additional chief secretary Dr Rajiv Kumar Gupta, who is spearheading the fight against COVID-19 in Ahmedabad, has requested citizens to follow safety guidelines once the sale of vegetables, fruits, groceries and other essential items resume from May 15.

In a video message, the bureaucrat has requested citizens to ensure that only women and children go out for shopping of essential items from 8 am to 11 am, whereas men can go out for shopping thereafter till 3 am. Notably, the authorities have set a time limit of 8 am to 3 pm for shopping of essential items like fruits, vegetables, and groceries.

“This is being done to maintain social distancing and to avoid overcrowding at shops selling these items,” he said. Gupta added that the sale of these essential items will continue and therefore, there is no need for people to unnecessary hoard these items.

He also requested that people should incorporate simple habits in their routine life such as wearing a mask while venturing out, washing hands, and bathing after returning from outside. “If citizens adopt these simple habits in their daily life, we will definitely win the war against COVID-19,” the IAS officer said.

Quoting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said people should try to follow social distancing norms at all costs to prevent the spread of the deadly disease.

Gupta informed that the local authorities have made elaborate measures to ensure the smooth supply and sale of essential items. He said 70,000 vendors have been screened for the deadly virus and given health cards.

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