Punjab reopens after 48 days lockdown

Punjab reopens after 48 days lockdown
Customers shop in a market after the government eased the nationwide lockdown in Lahore on May 11, 2020. AFP

Markets and shops started to open after a forty-eight days lockdown in Punjab as the markets and bazaars were allowed to reopen for four days a week.

With the resumption of business activity in the mid of Ramazan, more than usual rush was observed in main business areas including Anarkali Bazaar, Hall Road and other markets and citizens were seen ignoring the social distancing during the shopping

According to the orders of Punjab government, markets and bazaars are allowed to operate for four days a week and SOPs are issued and traders and consumers have been asked to wear masks and use sanitizers.

However, the majority of the citizens were ignoring the SOPs of social distancing particularly in areas of Hall Road and Anarkali Bazaar.

Moreover, hairdressers and salons have also reopened in the city which resulted in an increase in the rush on barbershops. The barbers have been advised to use gloves and masks while dealing with a customer.

While the citizens have breathed a sigh of relief at the opening of barbershops, the barbers also seemed happy with the resumption of business activities. The government has opened up the markets due to the turmoil in the economic situation.

Moreover, a joint meeting of senior business leaders of Anarkali Bazaar was held where they reviewed the implementation of precautionary measures in Anarkali Bazaar. It was decided among the traders that there should be the implementation of precautionary measures in the shape of using masks, hand sanitizers and ensuring social distancing.