If you are a gol gappa enthusiast and you live in Kanpur then there is sad news for you as the district administration imposed a ban on the sale of these food items from Tuesday, saying that overcrowding and absence of social distancing norms at gol gappa carts could lead to a spike in novel coronavirus cases in the city.
According to a report in The Times of India, the district magistrate Dr Brahmadeo Ram Tiwari said there was information that Covid-19 safety guidelines were not being adhered to after the relaxation of restrictions under Unlock 1.0.
Incidents had surfaced where these guidelines were being flouted especially in pani puri kiosks, where vendors were directed to wear masks, gloves and maintain hygienic conditions.
In view of these developments, a decision was taken to stop the sale in the city to check the spread of the viral infection, which has seen a surge, officials told ToI.
The district magistrate emphasised on the need for social distancing to be practised at all shops and the wearing of masks.
The news, however, dealt a blow to street food vendors in the city, whose businesses had suffered during the lockdown.
Bablu, a vendor in Swaroopnagar area told the publication that the sellers were wearing masks and were ensuring the maintenance of hygiene in the food items they were providing. He added that they were using only RO water during the preparations.