New restrictions have been imposed on diamond industry operations after more than 300 workers tested positive in diamond units of Gujarat’s Surat in the past 10 days.
In order to contain the growth of pandemic, the new curbs have been announced including the three diamond trading markets to be shut down twice a week and the canteens of all diamond polishing units to be shut down for all the days.
“In the last 10 days, nearly 300 workers of diamond units in the city have tested positive for coronavirus,” PTI quoted Surat Municipal Commissioner Banchhanidhi Pani said
Representatives of the Surat Diamond Association held a meeting with the civic chief today, where it was agreed unanimously to shut down the three main diamond trading hubs in Mahidharpura, Mini Bazar and Choksi Bazar on Saturdays and Sundays till the situation improves. Also, the diamond polishing units have been asked to ensure proper ventilation facilities in their premises for staff.
The diamond association also gave an assurance that all diamond packets will be sanitised to contain the spread of coronavirus.