Businesses resume amid corona fears

Staff Correspondent

1 June, 2020 12:00 AM printer

CHATTOGRAM: Business and other activities which remained suspended for countrywide general holidays announced to check spread of the coronavirus started resuming in the port city since Sunday.

Shops at different markets were seen reopening while the office goers were gathering at different important intersections of the city due to lack of public transports.

Number of private vehicles was high on the road compared to other days of the holidays on Sunday. Some of the roadside shops and markets like ‘Terri Bazar,’ ‘Tamakumandi Lane,’ and ‘Reazuddin Bazar’ are seen open.

 The shopkeepers were seen busy with reorganising the products, cleaning them and disinfecting the surrounding areas of their respective shops since the morning. However, number of customers was poor on the first day after the 65-day general holiday caused by Covid-19.

Contacted, Organising Secretary Mozammel Haque of Tamakumandi Lane Merchant Association said they have more than 13,000 shops at the markets where thousands of people gather every day. “To check the possible spread of the coronavirus, we have set up nine disinfecting gates throughout the market and each of the shopkeepers and staff were instructed to put hand sanitizer, disinfecting spray, masks and hand gloves,” he added.

Sources said authorities of other markets in the city were preparing for opening the shops gradually.

On the other hand, the Dhaka-bound first train from the port city ‘Subarna Express’ left the Chattogram Railway Station at 7.00am on Sunday.

Social distancing measures and other personal health safety steps were observed among the passengers and officials of the train.

Any sort of gatherings were checked by the members of Railway Police and Railway Nirapatta Bahini (RNB).

The passengers were placed keeping distance of a seat between them and they were seemed happy with the whole management, said sources concerned.

Assistant Commandant Satyajit Das of the RNB said they also checked temperature of the passengers before entering the station.

Railway Station Manager Ratan Kumar Chowdhury informed that ‘Sonar Bangla Express’ and ‘Udayan Express’ were scheduled to ply from the station in the same manner on the day.