Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal
After about two months, all the shops in the market opened from Thursday. There was rush of people in the markets after a long time. However, only a few people were seen in the market in the morning. In New Market, shopkeepers were seen waiting for customers, while in Old City Market, there was a violation of social distancing at shops at many places. Some people roaming in the market were not even seen wearing masks properly. The corona security team formed by the district administration for monitoring was not even visible.
A cloth trader in New Market said after about two months the shop has been opened at 9 am on Thursday. But there were very few customers on the first day. Before the lockdown, 10 to 12 customers used to come to the shop by 12 noon.
In Bhopal everything was open except gym, swimming pool, talkies-theater, spa, coaching.
Most of the traders in New Market said there were very few customers on opening day. Vaccination camp is also being organized in New Market on Thursday. At the same time, on the second day, the team of the NGO was also seen making the shopkeepers aware to follow social distancing.
Rush of customers in Chowk market
A large number of people were seen at the Sarafa and cloth shops in the Old City Chowk market. People were not even seen following social distancing. At the same time, some people were not wearing masks properly. The same situation was seen everywhere in Jumerati, Lakherapura, Azad Market, Chowk Bazar. Traders said they were making people aware to follow the Covid protocol.
Markets reopened from Thursday after easing of coronavirus-induced curfew. The shopkeepers and their employees have been asked to get themselves vaccinated against the coronavirus disease.
"Shopkeepers will need to follow the Covid-19 protocol ensuring social distancing and wearing masks,” Medical Education Minister Vishwas Sarang said.
The relaxations that came into effect in Bhopal from Thursday were not applicable for swimming pools and gyms. The only takeaway facility was allowed in hotels, according to the state government.
The Madhya Pradesh government has, meanwhile, extended a ban on the operation of bus services to and from Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan till June 15 in view of the coronavirus disease pandemic.