India, Nov. 23 -- The state government on Sunday temporarily shut two makeshift markets in west Delhi district, citing rampant violations of Covid-19 regulations concerning wearing masks in public places and social distancing.

The two markets, in Punjabi Bagh and Nangloi localities, will remain shut till November 30, as per an order issued by the office of the concerned district magistrate. HT has seen the order.

"Both these markets are unauthorised and comprise around 100 makeshift shops selling goods ranging from garments to kitchen utensils. The crackdown was necessary in the light of rampant violation of Covid-19 regulations. This is not a lockdown, but a temporary measure because of an emergency," said a senior government official....