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Mandalay gems market to reopen on June 6

Mandalay’s Maha Aung Myay gems trading centre will reopen on June 6 as the country’s second most populous region begins to restart its economy after two months of following strict measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

U Myo Myint Naing, secretary of the centre’s management committee, said they would follow Health and Sports Ministry guidelines in reopening.

“We met today, and decided to submit a request to the government to reopen on June 6,” he said.

He said people have to would have to register and state their business upon entry to the market.

The period from 5am to 9am will be restricted to sales of roadside mixed rocks and sheet layers, from 9am to noon will be for finished cut stones, and from 1pm to 5pm will be for bracelets and cutting-and-finishing.

U Myo Myint Naing added restaurants and food shops will provide take-away service only.

People who violate the rules would be warned, and repeat violators would be barred from the market.

On June 1, the government allowed long-distance travel to resume, including express buses. But the Mandalay Region Bus Line Supervisory Committee said that all buses must comply with COVID-19 prevention measures.

“We instructed bus lines to comply with ministry guidelines,” said U Aung Kyaw Lin, chair of the committee. However, he said, some buses were found to be violating the rules on June 1 and were not allowed to operate.

Passengers will need to buy two tickets each to comply with social distancing measures,” said U Myint Tin of Mahn Yarzar bus line. “It normally costs K24,000 for two tickets, but we are selling them for K15,000.”

Mandalay’s five highway bus terminals have all reopened.

Mandalay recorded only three COVID-19 cases, and all have fully recovered. – Translated

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Source : Myanmar Times

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