On 8 June 2021, the state announced the relaxation on the lockdown. However, the night curfew and the weekend lockdown are still operational. After this sudden relaxation in lockdown and reopening of commercial enterprise, huge crowd gathering is being noticed in public places like the local markets. Citizens in huge numbers are entering the market for various needs.
Uttar Pradesh has faced a total of 17 lakhs cases till now in which Lucknow alone contributes more than 2.3 covid cases. Currently, the number of cases has gone down but that is no sign that covid has ended. Experts have already warned regarding the third wave of covid due to people’s ignorance towards the pandemic.
According to a survey carried out online, we came to know that the market is usually crowded on weekdays in the evening around 6 pm -8 pm, where only 6.7% of people are following the protocols effectively. The shopkeepers and vendors hardly follow any covid procedures at the time of sale.
People usually start to collect in this market by the time of evening. The scenario becomes worst when you see traffic in these markets. Despite the county being on the verge of the third wave, there is no seriousness in the surrounding.
This is the result of an online survey where according to people evening is the time when most of the people flock to these markets. Due to the ongoing weekend lockdown, these markets stay shut on Saturdays and Sundays which somewhat breaks these masses to gather.
Commoners not only violated the protocol of social distancing but were also found roaming without masks in such markets. Aminabad market in Lucknow is found to be the most crowded market followed by Bhoothnath and Hazratganj market amid covid. Pictures show that only a few people and the shopkeepers were following covid protocols.
According to the local citizens of these areas on weekdays, it is very difficult for them to pass through these areas. They only get relief during the weekend shut down. “The Saturday Sunday lockdown is the most effective way to get rid of covid,” says a resident. He adds “the number of locals enters the market on weekdays is too much a 2-day lockdown can not cover it, however, the responsible authority fine people for not wearing masks but of course they can’t fine every next person.”
The Lucknow police actively monitor these markets and try to make sure that the covid guidelines are followed but unfortunately, the number of locals has a lot to handle. Many times, it goes beyond the control of officials.
During covering the news, we came across small markets which were not crowded as a whole but people were found without masks. But the scene here was 50-50. Few shopkeepers act responsibly whereas few did not.
“We ask our customers to wear a mask before providing them goods, we also request them to not stand too close to each other and rather follow “do gaj ki doori”. There are times when they retaliate and do not follow these rules”
Lockdown cannot be continued for a lifetime and because of that, we as a citizen have to be aware of the rules regarding coronavirus prevention. So do not step out of the house without any necessity and even if you go simply follow the guideline.
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