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The order from Delhi government to street vendors comes as a relief as they were worst affected by the coronavirus and the lockdown.
The Delhi government on July 27 has allowed street vendors and hawkers to reopen their services between 10 am to 8 pm. The order comes after Delhi has recorded its lowest ever daily coronavirus positive cases with only 613 cases within 24 hours.
The order comes as a relief to the street vendors and hawkers who were deeply affected due to the lockdown and coronavirus crisis across the National capital.
While street vendors were allowed to open their stalls and markets during Unlock 2.0 itself, many of the vendors did not reopen their businesses due to some confusion.
Considering the confusion rose, the Delhi government had specially issued orders to the street vendors to reopen their businesses. However, Unlock 3.0 is just about to start from August 1 which will ease many of the restrictions in the Union Territory.
However, street vendors in Delhi can resume their services and earn their bread and butter across all areas in the National capital except the containment zones.
This indicates that the street hawkers and vendors can start their services in areas or market places like Chandni Chowk, Sarojini nagar, Janpath and other such areas.
As of July 27, the Delhi government has said that the ban on the weekly street bazaars will continue till further notice is issued by the government. So, the relaxations are applied only for permanent street hawkers from today.
Moreover, there is no limitation on the number of street vendors can work in a given street. As of now, any number of street vendors can operate in a given area.
Yet, the Delhi government has issued some guidelines to the street vendors to follow for the safety of themselves and also for the people who come out to shop.
- Adequate physical distancing between two street vendors or hawkers in a given area in Delhi. Social distancing is the primary measure to be followed to prevent coronavirus.
- It is made mandatory for street vendors and hawkers of Delhi to wear face masks as they step out of the house.
- Every street hawker or vendor must carry a hand sanitizer with him/her and sanitize their hands at regular intervals.
- If any of the street vendors develop coronavirus symptoms, he must immediately shut down his stall and go into self isolation at home.
- No spitting will be allowed and fine would be charged by the government if found.
By Gayatri Yellayi