Markets to re-open, public transport to resume in Srinagar after COVID-19 lockdown
The new order permits re-opening of 50 per cent shops in all markets and resumption of public transport operations.
After a little-over of five months of COVID-19 lockdown, markets are set to re-open and public transport services will resume operations from tomorrow in Srinagar, Kashmir.
According to a report by Kashmir Observer, District Magistrate Shahid Iqbal Choudhary has lifted restrictions on business and transport operations in Srinagar and permitted a regulated resumption. Officials said the decision was taken after careful consideration of different aspects of the existing situation in the district.
The DM said the district administration has full faith in the business and trading communities to comply with all SOPs and guidelines like wearing of face masks and observance of distancing while going about their business.
Restrictions on business among other activities and operations in the district have been in place for around five months. Relaxation and limited operation was permitted during a month-long unlock period before restrictions had to be reimposed with an increase in Covid-19 cases, the report said.
The new order, as per the report, permits re-opening of 50 per cent shops in all markets and resumption of public transport operations with 50 per cent passengers in the minibuses and up to a maximum of four passengers in 10-seater maxi-cabs. The order permits two passengers in taxicabs and auto rickshaws.
Furthermore, in all markets alternate shops will open so as to prevent crowding and to enable queuing of customers as per the advised distancing norm. The report said market associations will decide the roster and ensure strict implementation of the guidelines.