Curbs ease, lucknow, other parts of UP bounce back to life after over 2 months of lockdown

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After over two months of the nationwide lockdown to contain coronavirus,┬álife is limping back to normalcy in Lucknow and other parts of Uttar Pradesh as the state government announced more relaxations on Sunday following the Centre’s guidelines on ‘unlock 1.0’.

Shops in Lucknow markets open as authorities ease lockdown restrictions. (Photo: PTI)

After over two months of the nationwide lockdown to contain coronavirus, life is limping back to normalcy in Lucknow and other parts of Uttar Pradesh as the state government announced more relaxations on Sunday following the Centre’s guidelines on ‘unlock 1.0’.

Intra-state bus services have started from Monday. Taxis and autos were also seen plying on the streets in the state capital as per the seating capacity. At the Alambagh Bus Terminal, thermal screening of all the passengers was done and announcements were made by the authorities, urging them to follow the social distancing norms. The passengers, including the staff, at the bus terminal were seen wearing masks as a precautionary measure.

After relaxing curbs on movement, traffic congestion also witnessed at some places in Lucknow as the government allowed two people (rider and pillion) on two-wheelers and private cabs to ply as well.

Markets opened in the city on the basis of the left-right formula as directed by the district administration.

The government offices across the state, including the secretariat, also opened from Monday with full workforce. Thermal screening of the employees and masks have been made mandatory, while, the employees are being called in shifts.

Meanwhile, religious places, shopping malls, supermarkets, hotels, and restaurants will open across Uttar Pradesh, barring containment zones, from June 8. The district administrations have been directed to get sanitisation work done and conduct meeting with associations to ensure smooth operations.

UP Additional Chief Secretary Avanish Awasthi said that the industrial and economic activities in the state are being carried out with caution, alertness, and the guidelines issued by the Centre.

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