Administration Allows Partial Opening of Businesses in Patna

Computer shops among many others allowed to open in Patna on Friday.

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Patna: After remaining in lockdown for 45 days as part of a directive issued by the Center to flatten the curve of Coronavirus pandemic, the district administration in Patna on Friday ordered the reopening of a number of businesses though not without conditions that aims to keep the numbers of COVID-19 victims to a minimum.

Among the businesses that were allowed to open are hardware stores, auto part shops, auto repair shops, construction material outlets, appliance shops, computer retailers and mobile stores, among others.

Shops that opened on Friday had been preparing for it for the last couple of days making sure every area in the store was properly sanitized and cleaned and proper arrangements were made outside the store to maintain social-distancing. Store owners are also required to put face mask and serve only those customers who also wore mask.

Stores are also ordered to make arrangements for hand sanitizers or provide hand soaps in the absence of sanitizers.

Those who show any sign of coughing or sneezing are not allowed to enter any shop.

The administration will take proper action against business owners in case of any violation of the national lockdown that continues to remain in effect, Patna District Magistrate Kumar Ravi said.

Interestingly, despite the opening of many shops, it was apparent by the number of customers that they were still afraid to go in what could be a crowded place. Most shops had a very few customers on Saturday though this will certainly change as the numbers of new cases of Coronavirus continues to remain within control, one shop-owner in Kankarbagh said.

Meanwhile, Patna police on Saturday issued tickets to nearly 400 people for violating various Coronavirus-related traffic rules. With a ban on two people riding the same two-wheeler, over 280 people were fined for the violation of this law. Police also seized a number of cars and two-wheelers when violators failed to pay the fine.

By one estimate, police in Patna fined traffic violators on Friday to the tune of roughly Rs. 3 lakh.

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