Covid-19: Lockdown eased in Srinagar

Lockdown imposed due to COVID-19 was eased in central Kashmir district of Srinagar, where 129 positive cases were reported on Sunday.

Besides, opening of shops on rational bases, the District Administration also allowed operating of passenger vehicles.

The District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) chairman Dr Shahid Choudhary, who is also Deputy Commissioner (DC), Srinagar said that with strict adherence to preventive guidelines, markets will open with 50 per cent shops from today.

Dr Choudhary lifted the restrictions on business and transport operations in Srinagar allowing a regulated resumption thereof.

Shops and business establishments opened this morning in major business hubs in the city. However, at busy Mahraj Bazar shops on one side of the road remained closed while people could be seen shopping on other side of the road. Similar scenes were witnessed in other parts of the civil lines, including historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the city.

In the down town, where people were seen washing historic Jamia Masjid, the stronghold of Hurriyat Conference (HC) chairman Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq, shops were open though the number of customers was very less. Shops and other business establishments were also open in the down town and Shehar-e-Khas and outskirts.

Reports of resumption of business and other activities were also received from other parts of the district, including outskirts and uptown.

The decision to allow reopening of shops and resumption of operation of public transport service has been taken after careful consideration of different aspects of the situation as it exists in the district.

He said the restrictions on business among other activities and operations in the district has been in place for around five months now with just a limited relaxation permitted during the month-long unlock period before restrictions had to be reimposed on August Ist.