State armed police in markets to control crowd, no more than five persons allowed together

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said that the government may deploy state armed forces in markets to avoid unnecessary crowding.

Parts of Kolkata and Howrah district have been identified as the most vulnerable in the state, and much more caution is required to avoid crowding in markets. She asked people to be more careful, else it could lead to community transmission.

Banerjee asked people to always use masks when moving outside, and that all markets should have soaps and sanitizers. She asked state government officials to issue necessary communication so that banks do not ask too many people to visit them at one point of time.

More stern measures will be implemented especially for those areas which have been declared as hotspots in the state. Banerjee held a video conference meeting with the district magistrates and top police officials of each district to discuss the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation at the state administrative headquarters Nabanna.

Banks and ration shops will not be allowed to let in more than five people at a time. Strict action may be taken if the instructions are not followed, including filing FIR against those who don’t follow rules.

Ration shops have been asked to prepare packets of the food items according to the individual quota so that no crowding takes place at the shops while weighing the food items.

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