Jowai, Aug 3: Various Markets of Jowai Town wore a deserted look on Tuesday following an order by the District Administration of West Jaiñtia Hills directing all markets to remain close in Jowai town from Monday midnight in order to contain the spread of COVID-19.
It may be mentioned here that the order was issued after West Jaintia Hills witnessed 15% positivity rate between 22nd to 28th of July.
According to reliable sources, it was stated that the main markets at Jowai will remain closed till the COVID-19 positivity rate decreases while locality markets and village markets are allowed to function normally.
Some vendors and shopkeepers of the Jowai Town Markets expressed their disappointment and anger with the sudden move by the District Administration to order all markets to shut down.
The shopkeepers and vendors have urged the District Administration to reopen the markets because their livelihood has been hampered due to the frequent lockdowns, and containment measures issued from time to time, especially for some dealing with perishable goods.