Violating health rules: Market in Dhaka’s Paltan shut down for 4 hours  17 people fined with Tk 5,500 at Bashundhara City for not wearing masks
Imrul Hossain for DOT
 China Town shopping mall in Dhaka’s Paltan area was shut down for around four hours after its authorities failed to follow health safety rules yesterday, report The Daily Star, Jago News.
 Bangladesh Dokan Malik Samity, an association of shop owners, shut down the market around 9:30am after its leaders found violation of health rules there.
 “Many shopkeepers were seen without masks; shopkeepers and customers were seen using both gates for exit and entry, and maintaining no physical distancing. Because of this, we shut down the market,” said Helal Uddin, president of the association.
He said, “We have adopted zero tolerance in this regard. There is no chance to operate any mall without maintaining health rules. We will continue our drives.”
Helal, however, said they later allowed the authorities to open the market after they pledged to ensure health rules will be followed.
 Meanwhile, a mobile court of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) led by an executive magistrate carried out drives at Bashundhara City Shopping Mall.
The mobile court fined 17 people with Tk 5,500 for violating health rules.
 Sheikh Rafiqul Huq, an executive magistrate said that the cabinet secretariat asked the local administration and the police to enforce the health rules strictly at the shopping malls.
“The aim of the mobile court is not to slap fine on the people, rather implement the government directives to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus,” he said.
The executive magistrate visited shops and fined shopkeepers and customers who were not wearing masks.
 During a separate drive, executive magistrate Sanjib Das fined Asian Jewellers in New Market Tk 500 after the mobile court found one of its employees without mask.
The magistrate told the shop employees that he fined a very insignificant amount of money as they are conducting drives to raise awareness.
He, however, warned that the mobile court would slap a hefty fine for a similar offence for the second time.
Later, talking to reporters, Sanjib said they found almost all shopkeepers and customers wearing masks in the shopping complex.
“Our aim is not to fine but to raise awareness in following health rules,” he said.