The Quepem town has gone under ‘partial’ lockdown with Quepem Municipal Council enforcing staggered operations at the market area. Effectively fish and vegetable markets will remain open only for three days a week.
Despite just five active cases in the town, the civic body is taking precautions to ensure that the markets do not remain crowded.
QMC chairperson Dayesh Naik informed, “We have staggered the days of operation for fish, vegetables and fruit markets, and they will remain open for two days at a time so as to prevent people from rushing and resorting to panic buying. At the same time, the vendors will get enough time to sell their products.”
He said that the fish market will remain open on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays while vegetable market will remain open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
He further said, “With this, the people will not be put to inconvenience, at the same time there is sufficient supplies of essential commodities but most importantly it will reduce the rush in the market area.” The chairperson said that “right now, the situation is under control with just isolated cases coming through but we have to be on guard and decongest areas which get crowded.”