Health guidelines ignored at markets

Special Correspondent

10 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Although shops and shopping malls were allowed to reopen on Friday on condition that health guidelines would be followed strictly, both shopkeepers and shoppers were found flouting the protocols in the capital and other parts of the country.

Many were not wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.

In the wake of protests by traders in different parts of the country, the government allowed shops and shopping malls to operate from 9:00am to 5:00pm for five days from Friday subject to strict adherence to health guidelines.

Traders resumed their business in the morning after the restrictions were lifted.

Shoppers were seen thronging different markets and shopping malls in the capital in large numbers.

However, both customers and traders were found violating health guidelines at shopping malls in different areas, including New Market, in the capital.

While most of them were wearing masks, no physical distancing was maintained.

Meanwhile, people are still reluctant to follow health guidelines everywhere, including the capital, although there is a surge in both infections and deaths from coronavirus.   

They were seen moving around without wearing any mask and maintaining social distancing on Friday, the 5th day of the ongoing weeklong lockdown.

It seems that they have all but forgotten about the protective measures – wearing masks, maintaining social distancing and washing hands – that can keep the virus at bay.

People continued to ignore instructions of using masks and maintaining health guidelines when venturing outdoors as the agencies responsible for executing the government instructions still lack efforts in ensuring enforcement.

People without masks were found travelling in buses and along footpaths, in shopping malls and kitchen markets.

They are still gathering around tea stalls at street corners as they are hardly bothered about the virus, no matter how perilous it is.

According to local and global health experts, maintaining social distancing is one of the most important and easier ways to stay safe during this unprecedented pandemic.

Like previous days, all modes of vehicles, including buses, private cars, rickshaws and auto-rickshaws, microbuses and CNG-run auto-rickshaws, as well as ride-sharing bikes were seen plying the city streets.

Public transport workers went for running their vehicles on the streets of all nine city corporations, including the capital.

Considering sufferings of commuters, the government on Tuesday decided to allow public transport services in city corporation areas from Wednesday during the lockdown.