Jamshedpur, June 1: After the Union government announced certain relaxations for Orange zone, life is gradually limping back to normal with several standalone and neighbourhood shops resuming business in Jamshedpur. Though there is no fresh guidelines issued by the State Government but people have decided to move out.
Roads which were looking almost empty in the last two-and-a-half months have now come back to life with people moving and coming out of their homes, primarily for shopping. Market at Sakchi, Mango and Jugsalai were flooded with buyers.
Many, mainly small shop owners, whose business were worst hit owing to lockdown, are now heaving a sigh of relief as they are now able to do some business.
“ Even Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce has announced that if the State Government fails to take a stand on lockdown traders would be forced to start functioning. Unlike big shops that have higher earnings, people like us have limited earnings thus limited savings. Life had become tough as we were running out of savings, but I could now hope for earnings,” said a small shop owner of Jugsalai.
Since wearing mask when going out has been made mandatory, everyone was seen with them in the main market at Sakchi.
While a majority of services have re-started, the restrictions continued to be in place in the containment zone of the city from where most of the COVID-19 cases have been reported. There are 9 containment zones in the city. Meanwhile, services of autorickshaws and public transport buses remained suspended.
Even with the government allowing certain trades, the lack of public transport has been a major hurdle. For several others working in offices, who have been directed to start working out of their respective offices, the absence of public transport has put them in a spot.
A staffer working at a private office in Bistupur said: “We have been asked to report for work from June 1 on the basis of a roster. Usually we need to go every alternate day. But because I do not have a vehicle, my colleague takes a 5-kilometre detour every time, just to pick me up.”
An official said that people in the city have to wear masks when they venture out and adhere to social distancing norms. The ban on social and religious events will continue. Hotels and restaurants can deliver through home delivery. But the government is yet to decide if the establishments can serve customers on their premises. It has allowed takeaways and door-to-door delivery for now.