Chittoor markets crowded as lockdown gets extended
Heavy crowds have been witnessed at markets in Chittoor district on Sunday within the wake of the announcement that the lockdown can be extended until June 15, with business actions allowed solely from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
The Chittoor Municipal Corporation, and municipalities of Madanapalle, Palamaner, Punganur, Puttur and Nagari, witnessed heavy crowds at meat retailers and wine retailers.
There was confusion among the many public that the revised timings would come into power from Sunday. This led to crowds scaling down at market locations sooner than the standard deadline of midday.
Many individuals have been discovered shopping for onions and tomatoes somewhat than greens. The meat retailers did brisk enterprise as many house owners had readied restricted shares anticipating a reasonable turnout.
A giant demand prevailed for fish throughout, as it may be saved preserved for extra days than meat. In view of the massive crowds, municipal workers have been posted at markets to manage the crowds, nevertheless it had little impression. A municipal company official in Chittoor mentioned that it was a welcome signal that nearly each particular person on the streets was seen carrying a masks.
A fish vendor felt that the demand for meat and fish had quadrupled in latest instances because of individuals wanting to spice up their immunity. “It is a win-win for both vendors and customers, but the need of the hour is to observe COVID protocols,” he mentioned.
As Chittoor district continues to file a file variety of each day constructive instances and casualties regardless of the lockdown for the final one month, many shopkeepers mentioned that the curbing of timings for business exercise from June 1 may end in much more crowding and violation of social distancing norms. Police and civic workers ought to focus extra on imposing social distancing norms somewhat than carrying of masks, distributors mentioned.