An Indian customer purchase vegetables from a shop at a market
An Indian customer purchase vegetables from a shop at a market
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Navi Mumbai: In order to flatten the curve and control the rising number of COVID-19 positive cases in the city, the Navi Mumbai police have warned people to not step out of their houses after 5 pm to buy fruits and vegetables. Only medical shops and Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) will be functioning after 5 pm in the lockdown period.

As per the current order, citizens can get out of their homes between 9 am and 5 pm to buy fruits, vegetables, dairy and meat. The new decision has been taken after the administration noticed people gathering outside shops on the pretext of buying these products.

As per the new order, violators will be punished under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 along with the prohibitory orders under section 144. The police said that the assembly of people and their disregard for social distancing will only worsen the situation.

In the new order, Rajkumar Vhatak, joint commissioner of police of Navi Mumbai said that there has been a rise in the number of people who have contracted the virus in its jurisdiction as people are not following the government guidelines.

The Navi Mumbai police had also appealed to the citizens through social media and had warned that they would take a strict step if people continued to come out of their homes unnecessarily. The police carried out a march across the city and announced the decision.

The total positive cases of COVID19 has reached 48 under the Navi Mumbai police's jurisdiction. The Panvel police have already issued grocery shop details for home delivery. Ajay Landge, senior police inspector of Panvel police said that people do not step out of their homes after 5 pm and order groceries during daytime.

“Only medicine shops and APMC will be open round the clock and other essential shops will open between 9 am and 5 pm,” said Landge. The police have also issued guidelines for grocery shops. Sanitize every buyer and ensure that all products are sold on MRP.

“The shop cannot be manned by a person of 60 years or above and ensure social distancing of at least 1 metre,” said Landge. He added that they can take orders for home delivery within 500 metres.

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