Srinagar, Sep 01: Though the authorities have announced that social distancing and wearing masks are mandatory in all public places, however, many across Kashmir are flouting social distancing norms and mask rules.
“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,” Mohmmad Aslam, a resident of Jawharnagar Padshahibagh told news agency Kashmir Indepth News Service (KINS).
Customers on tuesday were seen moving from one shop to another without following the social distancing norms. Most of the shops were over-crowded here in srinagar.
“This is scary to walk through markets. Government eased out restrictions but people are thronging markets unnecessarily,” said Aliya, a resident of Bemina.
“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 would disinfect their hands before purchasing.
People also could be seen on the streets or on Boulevard along the banks of Dal Lake without wearing masks or maintaining social distance.
This is despite authorities having announced that wearing masks was mandatory in all public places.
“Look vendors are selling barbecues and fried fish on the banks of Dal Lake. Neither these sellers nor customers are wearing masks. 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.
He said the government should take strict measures to ensure people wear masks. “If wearing a mask has been made mandatory they are why law enforcing agencies are not implementing these guidelines. Why don’t they fine those who are not following COVID guidelines,” he asked.
The government advisory has exhorted upon the people not to step out of home, unless absolutely necessary. “If you have to move out for unavoidable reasons, ensure that you wear a mask and practice social distancing, personal hygiene and frequent hand washing with soap and water,” it reads.