Chennai, Mar 20: Wholesale vegetable, fruits and flower markets, traders, hotels and restaurants will shut shop on Sunday in view of the nation-wide call for Janata curfew (people’s curfew) by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to combat COVID-19.
About 4,500 shops in the vegetable, fruits and flowers market will be closed from Saturday midnight to Sunday night. The food grains market will also be closed, Chennai Fruits Commission Agents Association President S Srinivasan said in a statement. He said usually 800 lorries would bring produce from different parts of the country to the market and they were asked to refrain from visiting the market on Sunday.
Pledging its support to the PM's call, the Tamil Nadu Vanigar Sangakalin Peramaippu also asked traders in the State and city to support the Janata Curfew. “More than 20 lakh shops in Tamil Nadu, including about four lakh shops in the city, will be closed on Sunday'', General Secretary of Peramaippu Ve Govindarajulu said.
However, all pharmacies, which comes under essential services, would function on Sunday. While hotels and restaurants too will remain closed on March 22, private milk dealers announced that milk would not be distributed on Sunday and advised the people to keep enough stock. Fishermen in Rameswaram also announced that they would stay away from fishing and would not venture into the sea from tomorrow.(UNI)