Precious Kashmir News
Srinagar, Dec 4: Though authorities have announced that social distancing and wearing masks are mandatory in all public places, people in general are flouting the Covid-19 SOPs and not following social distancing norms and not wearing the masks.
“This is pathetic to see such a large number of people shopping. Some are even not wearing masks. I came out to purchase medicines for my ailing father but no social distance norms are being followed,” Shabir Ahmad, a resident of Bemina said.
The shoppers in Srinagar move from one shop to another without following social distancing norms. Most of the shops remain over-crowded with social distancing norms not followed.
“It is scary to walk through markets,” said Rafiya Bano, a resident of Khaniyar.
“People are thronging markets without following norms which is a matter of grave concern,” said a shopkeeper at Lalchowk.
He said it was important to underline the importance of strictly following the COVID protocols.
Some shopkeepers have arranged sanitisers so that customers could use it before entering their hops.
People on roads in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley move without wearing masks or following maintaining social distance.
This is despite the fact authorities having announced that wearing masks was mandatory in all public places.
“I do wear a mask to protect myself but it won’t make any difference as less than 10 percent of people are wearing masks,” Imran Ahmad, a resident of Nishat said.
He said the government should take strict measures to ensure people wear masks. “If wearing a mask has been made mandatory then why are law enforcing agencies not implementing these guidelines. Why don’t they fine those who are not following COVID guidelines,” he asked.(KINS)