Ernakulam market to open partially, special arrangements in Chellanam
Kochi: Ernakulam market, which was closed following the spread of COVID-19 is likely to be opened partially. The district administration has decided to grant permission to open one-third of the shops in the market at a time. However, a final decision in this regard will be taken after holding talks with the association of vendors.
When reopened, the market will be placed under strict restrictions by police. The authority has planned to reopen the market after finding that more COVID-19 cases were not confirmed in the sample tests held here recently.
Aluva market, which is identified as COVID cluster in the district, will be opened on special days. Wholesale vendors in Aluva marker will be allowed to open their shops once a week. Every Wednesday, shops on the right side of the road will be allowed to open while shops on the left side will be allowed to open on every Saturday. The shops will be allowed to function from 6 am to 11 am.
At the same time, strict preventive measures were imposed at Chellanam where the rapid spread of COVID-19 is reported. Minister V. S. Sunil Kumar visited Chellanam on Saturday and informed that a special nodal officer has been appointed here to supervise the preventive measures.
He also reported that more COVID tests will be conducted in this region and that all necessary arrangements have been made.
People will be admitted to the first-line treatment centre opened at Chellanam from Saturday. Arrangements to establish COVID first-line treatment centres at all panchayats and municipalities in the district are in progress. COVID-19 awareness programmes under the health department are also being carried out.