Smart lockdown may be in jeopardy as traders, customers disregard SOPs

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Almost all the markets in the city remained busy throughout the second consecutive day of ease in lockdown but shopkeepers, as well as customers, were not wearing masks and social distancing protocols were not being followed At a popular clothing market in Saddar, lots of vehicle and foot traffic was observed. Nearby markets of travel essentials, shoes and other clothing items also remained busy. Shopping malls, however, remained closed as per the agreement. “There was so much traffic that even the lifter of the traffic police was unable to lift the cars and motorbikes that were parked illegally,”said a Korangi resident who was in Saddar to buy clothes. Karachi Electronics Dealers Association President Muhammad Rizwan, when contacted, said that the markets could not observe social distancing due to the size of shops and the congested lanes where they were located.