Markets failing to implement SOPs will be closed, govt warns traders

ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has warned the traders and shopkeepers that non-compliance of standard operating procedures (SOPs) would result in the closure of markets.
The NCOC meeting, presided by Minister for Planning Development Reforms and Special Initiatives Asad Umar, maintained that the implementation of SOPs and social distancing was only possible through public education and awareness.
“The forum was of the view that markets associations, traders organisations must make sure compliance of the SOPs issued by health Ministry. In case of non-compliance, the particular market as a whole is closed for failing to ensure collective responsibility,” according to a statement.
The warning from the top governing body came after it was observed that the safety guidelines are not being followed across the country.  
In this regard, Minister for Industries Punjab Mian Aslam Iqbal informed the participants that around 336 warning notices were issued to different markets and industries on the violation of the SOPs whereas on repeated violations these would be sealed as per the decided mechanism.
Minister for Interior Brig (R) Ejaz Ahmed Shah suggested that the district administration should engage with the trader associations and local stakeholders for the implementation of the SOPs.
The provincial chief secretaries and officials from Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir also gave their input on the implementation of health protocols and the SOPs after an ease in the lockdown restrictions, the statement read.
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