Hyderabad: Extension of lockdown relaxation hours till 1 pm has given much relief to the people and private establishments in the city. Though people were still queuing up at the supermarkets to make their purchases on Tuesday, there was no sense of hurry among them, unlike in the initial four-hour relaxation from 6 am to 10 pm.
To ensure physical distancing, the supermarkets continued to regulate the entry of the customers and there was relatively less crowd in comparison with the initial days of the lockdown. Similarly, crowds at several vegetable markets have thinned out. For small hotels and roadside tiffin centres, the business was like a normal day. The revised relaxation hours benefitted food donors who were now able to comfortably reach out to the needy by lunchtime.
The commercial establishments too extended their business timings from earlier 9.30 am to 12.30 pm now. Showrooms including electronic appliances, automobiles, garments, and other branded outlets have opened for business. Garment showrooms have put up offers and discounts to clear the piled-up stock. With the extension of lockdown relaxation, people were also seen utilising the same for making transactions in the banks.
At several places in the city, traffic movement was normal to moderate in the morning. However, the vehicular movement increased as the relaxation hours ended. The police patrolled lanes and by-lanes in the city asking the shop keepers and other establishments to shut down the shops as the relaxation timings concluded.
The police put up barricades at vital junctions in the city to checkmate lockdown violators. As directed by the State government, the police provided a grace period of one hour from 1 pm for the commuters to reach their homes. Following this, police checked the identity cards and e-passes issued by the Police Department and vehicles of those people who were on roads in violation of the lockdown rules were seized.
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