Port Blair, Sept. 1: The Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman, Shri Suneel Anchipaka, IAS, today ordered sealing of five shops in Port Blair area for violating the norms of social distancing and for overcrowding.

During an inspection which was carried out today after commencement of Unlock-4, two shops in Goalghar, One shop in Aberdeen Bazar and two other shops in Babulane were found violating the guidelines. Apart from them, few vegetable shops in Ratnam Market has been closed temporarily for minor violations.

In pursuance of guidelines issued by the Union Home Ministry dated 29th Aug 2020 and directions issued by the Chief Secretary, A&N Administration dated 30th Aug 2020, guidelines have been issued by the office of the Dy. Commissioner, South Andaman in respect of activities permitted during Unlick 4 commencing from 1st Sept. 2020 to 30th Sept. 2020.

It may be noted that apart from permitting activities as stipulated therein, no other activities shall be taken. Any violation in this regard shall be dealt with u/s 51 (b) of the Disaster Management Act 2005, said the Dy. Commissioner in a communication.

The following fines for violations of the lockdown guidelines and the National Directives on COVID-19 management issued by MHA shall be applicable.

  1. Non-wearing of face cover in public places, work places and in public transport: Rs. 500/-
  2. Spitting in public and work places: Rs. 300/-
  3. Violation of social distancing norms by individual(s) in public places, work places etc.: Rs. 200/-
  4. Violation of social distancing norms by shop owners in their establishments: Rs. 2000/-
  5. Violation of National Directives with respect to Marriage (gathering more than 50 persons): Rs. 10,000/-
  6. Violation of National Directives with respect to funeral/ last rites (gathering of more than 20 persons): Rs. 2500/-
  7. Consumption of liquor in public places: Rs. 5000/-
  8. Consumption of paan, gutka, tobacco etc. in public places: Rs. 300/-
  9. Overcrowding in shops/ establishments: Rs. 2500/-
  10. Overcrowding in taxi/ auto: Rs. 1000/-

Before issuance of the above orders for violation of National Directives for COVID Management, all the concerned key stakeholders such as Vegetable Vendors Association, Fruit Vendors Association, Market Association, Contractor Association and ACCI were sensitised about the COVID-19 protocols and precautions to be taken to ensure smooth functioning of their units, added the DC (SA).