A day after the Gujarat government announced the permission to open shops selling non-essential items from Sunday, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has clarified that the status quo with respect to shops that have remained closed during the lockdown will continue in Ahmedabad.
Municipal commissioner Vijay Nehra said: “After analysing the present situation in Ahmedabad and discussing the same with various traders association, we have decided that shops that were closed during the lockdown period will not open till May 3”.
Nehra said the doubling rate of cases which was around 3-4 days on April 18 has now increased to around 7-8 days. We want to achieve a doubling rate of 11-12 days by May 3. Allowing shops to operate in the present circumstances might result in a spike in COVID-19 cases, he added.
The municipal commissioner said Ahmedabad police has been already informed about this decision. “I appeal to all traders to maintain status quo till May 3,” said Nehra in a video message.
He also announced that apart from Fern Hotel, another hotel—DoubleTree by Hilton—has been arranged by AMC on Ambli-Bopal Road for coronavirus patients who can afford a private stay and do not want to get admitted in state-run COVID-19 facilities. Nehra said AMC has signed a memorandum of understanding with the hotel in this regard.
He also said 20,028 confirmatory tests (RT-PCR) for COVID-19 have been carried out in Ahmedabad till Sunday, whereas another 1,743 rapid tests have been done. Nehra clarified that authorities will continue aggressive testing in Ahmedabad.