Vegetable vendors and grocery shop owners will not be allowed to operate in the city from May 12 am to May 15, 6 am. Mukesh Kumar, in-charge municipal commissioner, in an order released on Thursday evening said that all shops including those selling fruits, vegetables and groceries will no more be allowed to function between May 7 and 15.
Shops selling milk and chemists and other medicine shops will, however, be allowed to function. The order said that this was being done to ensure social distancing and minimize crowding to prevent the spread of Covid19.
It should be noted that since the lockdown came into force, vegetables and grocery shop owners apart from milk shops and chemists were allowed to function as they came under the essential services. Ahmedabad which is the worst affected district in Gujarat has seen 4,425 cases and 273 deaths until Tuesday evening. It is the only district to have cases in four figures and is the major contributor to the disease load in the state.
The order saw citizens rushing to shops to stock up on groceries and vegetables with social distancing being thrown to the wind. The order is also a result of the AMC identifying that most of the super spreaders in the city were vegetable vendors and supermarket employees.