Staff reporter 

The Sarpang dzongkhag Covid-19 taskforce yesterday closed 13 shops in Gelephu for not following Covid-19 safety protocols. 

The three-day closure ends tomorrow.  

The monitoring team responsible for compliance with the safety protocols has warned the shops repeatedly before issuing the closure notice on August 28. 

Officials involved in monitoring said that the shops were found without a proper handwashing station. 

The team also ensures that the shops have Druk Trace mobile application code installed, wash stations and soaps and that both customers and shopkeepers wear face masks. 

The task force also closed 17 shops last month for similar safety protocol breaches. 

Edited by Tshering Palden