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Corpn gives up plan to close all meat shops
The purported move by the Greater Chennai Corporation to close meat shops for a week sent a flutter among the traders on Friday, before the Commissioner clarified later that they would only seal the shops that fail to enforce social distancing.
According to a WhatsApp message sent to a meat shop owner, the shops were asked to close from Saturday to April 12 to prevent people gathering in front of them in large numbers, as was witnessed last weekend. The meat shop owner who received the message from a local Health official said that the official had warned him of regular inspections.“A circular may be issued to the shops. If the shops found open and selling meat of any kind, the shops will be sealed apart from imposing fine,” the message read.
When contacted, a Corporation official said an order was getting ready and would be issued before the end of the day.However, as the civic body did not release the said order, the media began contacting senior officials, including Corporation Commissioner G Prakash.
He said all the mutton, chicken and fish stalls would be closed on April 6 on account of Mahavir Jayanthi.