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COVID-19: Normalcy returns as restrictions eased in Jammu & Kashmir after month-long lockdown; see pics

FPJ Web Desk | Updated on: Monday, May 31, 2021, 05:41 PM IST

After a month-long lockdown imposed due to a surge in COVID-19 cases markets reopened in Jammu and Kashmir  on May 31, 2021. Visuals from Central market at Lal Chowk, Srinagar.  | Photo by Sajad Hameed
After a month-long lockdown imposed due to a surge in COVID-19 cases markets reopened in Jammu and Kashmir on May 31, 2021. Visuals from Central market at Lal Chowk, Srinagar. | Photo by Sajad Hameed
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After a month-long lockdown imposed due to a surge in COVID-19 cases, markets reopened in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday as the process of partial unlock started in the Union Territory, officials said.

According to new guidelines imposed by authorities on Sunday, shops have been allowed to open on alternate days.

The public transport was allowed to ply at 50 per cent of the seating capacity in the Orange category districts, it remained shut in the Red category districts.

With the grim Covid-19 pandemic situation appearing to be on the ebb in the last two weeks in the Union Territory, the administration on Sunday began the process of easing out the lockdown, limiting the corona curfew to nights and weekends only.

The ease-out process was launched amid the case positivity rate falling to 6.2 per cent from 13 and the daily COVID-19 sliding down to an all-time high of 5,500 to 2,200 in the past two weeks.

According to the new guidelines, the complete corona night curfew will remain imposed from 8 pm to 7 am, while there will be a weekend curfew from 8 pm Friday till 7 am Monday.

On April 29, the Jammu and Kashmir administration had imposed a curfew in 11 districts in a bid to tackle the surge in COVID-19 cases, which was subsequently extended to all the 20 districts the next day.

The curfew, which was first imposed till May 3, was then extended after assessing the situation across the Union Territory.

After a month-long lockdown imposed due to a surge in COVID-19 cases markets reopened in Jammu and Kashmir  on May 31, 2021. Visuals from Central market at Lal Chowk, Srinagar.

After a month-long lockdown imposed due to a surge in COVID-19 cases markets reopened in Jammu and Kashmir on May 31, 2021. Visuals from Central market at Lal Chowk, Srinagar. | Photo by Sajad Hameed

The J&K administration on Sunday began the process of easing out the lockdown, limiting the corona curfew to nights and weekends only. Visuals from Lal Chowk in Srinagar, Kashmir.

The J&K administration on Sunday began the process of easing out the lockdown, limiting the corona curfew to nights and weekends only. Visuals from Lal Chowk in Srinagar, Kashmir. | Photo by Sajad Hameed

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After a month-long lockdown imposed due to a surge in COVID-19 cases markets reopened in Jammu and Kashmir  on May 31, 2021. Visuals from Central market at Lal Chowk, Srinagar.

After a month-long lockdown imposed due to a surge in COVID-19 cases markets reopened in Jammu and Kashmir on May 31, 2021. Visuals from Central market at Lal Chowk, Srinagar. | Photo by Sajad Hameed

After a month-long lockdown imposed due to a surge in COVID-19 cases markets reopened in Jammu and Kashmir  on May 31, 2021. Visuals from Central market at Lal Chowk, Srinagar.

After a month-long lockdown imposed due to a surge in COVID-19 cases markets reopened in Jammu and Kashmir on May 31, 2021. Visuals from Central market at Lal Chowk, Srinagar. | Photo by Sajad Hameed

Crowded streets witnessed in Sringar as the J&K administration began the process of easing out the lockdown.
Visuals from Lal Chowk in Srinagar, Kashmir.

Crowded streets witnessed in Sringar as the J&K administration began the process of easing out the lockdown. Visuals from Lal Chowk in Srinagar, Kashmir. | Photo by Sajad Hameed

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People throng at shops, as markets reopened After a month-long lockdown  in Jammu and Kashmir on May 31, 2021. 
Visuals from Central market at Lal Chowk, Srinagar.

People throng at shops, as markets reopened After a month-long lockdown in Jammu and Kashmir on May 31, 2021. Visuals from Central market at Lal Chowk, Srinagar. | Photo by Sajad Hameed

After a month-long lockdown imposed due to a surge in COVID-19 cases markets reopened in Jammu and Kashmir  on May 31, 2021. Visuals from Lal Chowk, Srinagar.

After a month-long lockdown imposed due to a surge in COVID-19 cases markets reopened in Jammu and Kashmir on May 31, 2021. Visuals from Lal Chowk, Srinagar. | Photo by Sajad Hameed

With inputs from PTI.

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Published on: Monday, May 31, 2021, 05:35 PM IST