Bhubaneswar: Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary today urged the denizens of the capital city not to indulge in panic buying and stockpiling of essential items as there will no scarcity of resources and essential commodities in the markets.
The Commissioner made the appeal after it was noticed that people rushed to various markets in the city last night soon after the state Government announced night curfew in urban areas across the state due to spike in COVID-19 cases.
“I request you all not to hoard and go for panic buying. I assure that there will be no shortage of essential items such as milk, edibles, medicines, etc. in the city. Therefore, people should not indulge in panic buying of these items overcrowding marketplaces,” appealed Chaudhary in a video message.
Seeking cooperation of the public to contain the spread of the COVID-19, the BMC Commissioner further said people can go for online shopping and prefer home delivery of items instead of going out for daily shopping.
We will ensure that there is no dearth in supply of essential items. And, please do not believe in any rumours and hoax messages on social media and personal messaging platforms regarding complete shutdown or market closure
The Commissioner has asked people to strictly follow COVID-appropriate behaviour such as wearing face mask, maintaining hand hygiene and social distancing to break the chain of infections. It has been observed that spike in positive cases in the city is largely due to laxity in observance of COVID-appropriate behaviour by people especially in crowded places, the official said.
As per the state Government’s yesterday order, night curfew will be imposed in Bhubaneswar between 9 PM and 5 AM from tomorrow.