New Delhi: In a big relief for people in Mumbai, shops in municipal markets will now be allowed to operate on odd-even basis. The city harbours over 200 municipal markets including 16 private markets. However, shopkeepers will have to take adequate precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said in a circular issued on Wednesday. Also Read - Another Indian Expat Falls Asleep in The Same Terminal at Dubai, Misses Flight to Kerala

“Traders, vendors and customers will be required to adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines while operating their establishments on both sides of these markets alternately on odd-even basis,” the BMC stated. Also Read - Lockdown in Bengaluru: Complete Shutdown in BBMP Limits From 8 PM Tonight Till Monday Morning

Shopkeepers have assured to arrange for masks, gloves, sanitisers and check body temperature of each person and even hire private security guards for crowd control if required, the circular stated. Also Read - Mumbai Rains: Downpour in Parts of Maharashtra Amid IMD Red Alert, High Tide of 4.5 Seen; Walls Collapse in Thane

However, hotels and eateries inside these markets will continue to remain shut and only two people will be allowed to work in each shop, it was stated.

As per the release, assistant municipal commissioners will take a call on whether to open municipal markets in the containment zones of their wards.

All establishments, barring shops selling essential commodities, have remained shut since the lockdown came into force on March 22.