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Covid- 19: People flout norms, social distancing went for a toss in markets & other public places

Srinagar, Dec 04 (KINS): Though the authorities have announced that social distancing and wearing masks are mandatory in all public places, However, many across Srinagar and other districts 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,” Shabir Ahmad, a resident of Bemina told news agency KINS.
Customers in srinagar were seen moving from one shop to another without following the social distancing norms. Most of the shops were over-crowded.
“This 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 would disinfect their hands before purchasing.
Hundreds of people could be seen on the streets without wearing masks or maintaining social distance.
This is despite 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)

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