AP gives nod to reopen garment, footwear, jewellery shops; prohibits pani puri

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  26 May 2020 9:06 AM GMT
AP gives nod to reopen garment, footwear, jewellery shops; prohibits pani puri


  • Panipuri strictly not permitted

Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh government has issued Standard Operating Protocols (SOP) for opening of garment, footwear and jewellery shops and for street vendors vending food in urban areas during the lockdown period.

The owners of the establishments were instructed to tell the customers to bring their own bags to keep their belongings.

Staff at the shops should ensure that their belongings (clothes, shoes) are kept separately without coming into contact with other staffer’s belongings. Staff working inside the shop shall wear masks and gloves.

Once the purchase is done, the staff at the shop will escort the customer towards the exit. In case of valet parking, car keys will be disinfected before handing over to the customer.

At the lounge area, alternate seating is advised to maintain physical distancing. Refreshments, newspapers and magazines are to be temporarily discontinued to ensure safety.

The shopkeepers were advised to avoid cash transactions and encourage digital payments. At the cash counter, contactless payments are encouraged. In case of card payments, the cashier will help in sanitising the cards before and after use. In case of cash payments, they will ensure a contact less transaction.

Physical distancing between the customers (6 feet) shall be maintained. Floors can be taped/marked to ensure physical distancing.

At the lift area, staff will press the button for the customer. Only one person or one group will be allowed to take the lift at a time.

The management shall ensure cleanliness of the toilets/rest rooms and ensure sufficient sanitizers, soaps and paper napkins.

The staff deployed at the parking area shall also wear masks and gloves.

Depending on the convenience, valet shall be offered to park customer cars or show them the way. The car keys shall be sanitized accordingly.

In case of bigger outlets /franchises there shall be a footwear disinfectant at every entry. No trial of any item is permitted. Trial rooms are therefore prohibited.

In case of jewellery shops, customers should be provided with disposable gloves for touching any item. No customer is allowed to enter without masks and without sanitization of hands.

There shall be sanitizers at each counter and also at each entry and exit.

For any outlet, customers/staff with Covid-19 symptoms should not be allowed.

In case of bigger outlets, allow the customer and staff only after thermal screening and sanitization of hands. Those with temperature more than 99 degree Farenheit or any Covid-19 symptoms shall not be allowed inside.

A register should be maintained to record the details of all the customers, who are entering the premises of the shop.

In case of bigger outlets online booking for visit shall be encouraged

Standard Operating protocols for street vendors vending food in urban areas during lockdown (PANIPURI NOT PERMITTED)

A street vendor who is static at a place must use lime or any other powder to mark the distance rings to be followed by customers.

Any street vendor with Covid-like symptoms will not be permitted to operate.

The street vendor shall always carry soap/sanitizer and a clean towel, and they shall periodically wash their hands thoroughly at least once in every half an hour.

He shall maintain the rule of social distancing while doing business.

He should see that not more than 5 persons gather at a time.

While selling his items, he should ensure that the customer also wears the mask. He shall not sell the items to the customer who does not wear a mask.

The vendor should wear mask, gloves and the ID card issued by the municipal commissioner.

Items like panipuri which have a very high chance of transmission of contamination are not permitted.

For new registration, the vendor can go to the nearest Ward Secretariat and obtain an ID card. Municipal Commissioners should ensure issuing of ID cards through Ward Secretariats.

Only street vendors who are registered and have ID cards issued by the municipal commissioners are allowed to operate.

Food is allowed to be sold only as a take away and not for consuming on the spot.

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