As the government allowed businesses to reopen after 48 days of the partial lockdown, thousands, literally thousands, of people flocked to markets flouting social distancing and forgetting Covid-19 and its preventive measures, so called SOPs. The most crowd found in Rawalpindi’ markets, even lines of people also witnessed outside big brands in Lahore and Karachi.
The lockdown still persists for large shopping malls, educational institutions, dine-in restaurants, hotels, cinemas, marquees, and wedding halls; even public processions, congregations, organized events, and concerts are also still prohibited.
The metro bus service and ride-sharing services along with other public transportation are also suspended, a meeting will be held soon on the resumption of public transport, special SOPs are under way.
After Prime Minister Imran Khan warned that irresponsible behavior of citizens would limit the freedoms offered from easing the lockdown, Shibli Faraz – Information Minister – said that the lockdown on businesses will be reimposed if SOPs are not followed.
To avoid blocking traffic and make SOPs easy to observe, shopkeepers have set up kiosks and stalls on pavements and roads and started selling things openly, especially in the cantonment areas. Clothing, fabric, and accessories.
Other than markets, crowds (motorcycles and vehicles) witnessed on Murree Road, Jhelum Road, Kashmir Road, Airport Road, Liaquat Bagh Road, Raja Bazar, Commercial Market and link roads.
However, police have also been stationed at pickets to spread awareness among the public about the precautions that must be observed to control the continuous spread of the virus.