On the occasion of forthcoming Eid-ul-Azha, the government has given several instructions to all concerned of the cattle markets including haat committees, buyers and sellers, in a bid to ensure public health rules amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
Instructions for the Haat Committee:
Adequate open spaces should be selected for setting up the haats. Haats cannot be set up in confined places under any circumstances.
Before installing the haat by the haat-leaseholders, health safety materials like masks, soaps and disinfectants should be collected. Adequate amount of liquid soap or general soap should be provided alongside clean water supply and hand washing system. Safe waste disposal system or drainage system must be ensured in the haats.
All the officers, employees and all the committee members involved in the sacrificial animal markets have to abide by the proper health rules and also to conduct awareness campaign against coronavirus through playing the loudspeakers round the clock.
No buyer or seller can enter the cattle market without a mask. Haat authorities can provide masks at free of cost or set the price of the mask.
In every market, the health guidelines have to be broadcast on digital screen provided by the city corporations as per the instructions of the health department.
Specified gates for entrance and exit must be ensured at the animal markets.
Animal waste should be cleaned or removed quickly with adequate water and bleaching powder. Water-logging cannot be created anywhere by anyone.
City corporations, municipalities or union parishads may form one or more mobile volunteer medical teams at each market to provide health services.
Digital thermometer can be given to the medical team to measure body temperature so that suspicious coronavirus affected people can be quickly identified if needed.
An isolation unit or a separate room can also be set up at each market to isolate the suspicious people or patient immediately.
One animal should be kept from another animal in such a way so that the buyers can buy the animal maintaining the distance of at least 3 feet.
To avoid crowds, the number of Hasil (Tax) payment and collection counters has to be increased.
Haat authorities have to release the person in the quickest possible time at the time of Hasil payment so that the health safety of standing in a queue can be ensured. In the line of Hasil payment, each person’s position can be identified by circling mark or drawing straight mark.
Sacrificial animals should be entered the haat according to the holding capacity of the market.
1 or 2 buyers will be allowed to buy animals in the haat. The remaining buyers will have to wait at a safe distance outside the market.
All work needs to be ensured in coordination with the local administration, law enforcement agencies and the health department.
Instructions for Buyer-seller:
Several instructions have been given to them including wearing mask while entering the haats and maintaining health rules and social distancing while entering or leaving the haats and during the time of Hasil payment.
Sick, children and elderly people are asked not to come to cattle markets.
Instructions for animal sacrifice:
Additional people are not allowed to gather during the time of animal sacrifice and additional people cannot roam or come together to collect the meat.
The skin of the animal should be removed quickly and the specific place of animal sacrifice should be completely disinfected with the solution of bleaching powder.