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COVID-19: Vendors Told To Wear Mask Or Be Penalized

“We have advised vendors to wear masks because there are more than 800 of them dealing with customers everyday,” Mr Lal said
28 Mar 2020 12:11
COVID-19: Vendors Told To Wear Mask Or Be Penalized
Market vendors with their protective gear as they sell their produce at the Labasa Market on March 27, 2020. Photo: Laisa Lui

Action will be taken against market vendors who fail to wear masks, says Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Northern divisional officer, Arun Lal.

He said the inspectors had been carrying out awareness on COVID-19 at the Labasa market since Monday, and yet vendors failed to follow simple instructions.

“We have advised vendors to wear masks because there are more than 800 of them dealing with customers everyday,” Mr Lal said.

“If one person fails to wear a mask, then imagine the spread of the virus if it comes to Labasa.

“We have also emphasised on maintaining a social distance of one to two metres and the importance of handwashing.

“We are only doing what the Government has advised containing the spread of coronavirus.”

Mr Lal said they were still in discussion with the Labasa Town Council on what actions to take against market vendors who failed to wear a mask.

Labasa market master Alvin Chand said he had informed the vendors to do what they had been told by the Ministry.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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