The new market of Margao on Monday went into weeklong voluntary closure after local legislator Digambar Kamat urged traders and shopkeepers to down the shutters to help break the COVID infection chain.
Shopkeepers said that they closed the market in an attempt to minimise COVID cases in Margao and suburban areas.
“Cases have been exponentially rising in Margao. Hence we have taken a collective decision to keep our shops closed for a week. I urge the people to stay at home and help break the COVID infection chain in Goa,’’ said the president of the New Market Shop Owners Association.
The SGPDA market, the Gandhi market and the old market in the commercial city of the state saw fewer footfalls on Monday.
People were seen going only to pharmacies and petrol pumps.