Markets operated by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is all geared up to resume operations with the markets adhering to the odd-even formula. These shops were closed for over two months as a result of the lockdown restrictions in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
With the outbreak of the coronavirus, only essential shops were allowed to operate inside these markets. Currently, there are 203 civic markets across the city of Mumbai which includes the Crawford Market in the Fort area, which was established and developed by the civic body.
As per the government protocol, the shops inside the market will have to abide by the odd-even guidelines or will be closed. They are to further remain closed on Sundays. Market associations have been asked to help the administration in arranging for masks, hand gloves, and sanitisers to help contain the spread of the coronavirus. Furthermore, each employee will be scanned for temperature and will further have to abide by the protocols of social distancing. If the need arises, temporary private security guards will be appointed to control the crowd in the market.
According to the guidelines, only two people can work in each shop and no senior citizens or person with the symptoms of coronavirus would be allowed to resume work. If a market is adjacent or within a containment zone, the local ward officer can take a call if such markets should be opened or remain closed.
Earlier, all markets, shops and business establishments in Mumbai were resumed as a part of “Mission Begin Again” campaign initiated by the government of Maharashtra. Only shopping malls and market complexes were closed. Although the shops outside the municipal market had started functioning based on the odd-even rules, the shops inside municipal markets were shut as a result of clear instructions from the civic body with regards to resumption.