Malls, hotels, restaurants, places of worship and numerous offices, outside containment zones, opened yesterday in the first phase of unlock 1.0 . The first day saw people visiting these establishments while observing social distancing norms and precautions. Disinfection and thermal screening of visitors was conducted at all such places. However, many states decided to defer opening places of worship and other establishments due to crowd management concerns.
After a long interval of around 70 days, the doors of public worship places were opened in many parts of the country. In Delhi, devotees were seen standing at earmarked places ensuring 6 feet distance at Hanuman Mandir in Connaught Place, Jama Masjid in old Delhi, Gurdwara Bangla Sahib and Sacred Heart Cathedral in Central Delhi. Touching of idols, offering prasads and holy water was however prohibited. Though Bhopal is yet to open the doors of worship places for its residents.
Visit to the Shopping Malls and restaurants in the capital was also an altogether new experience. Many City malls have placed Ultraviolet sterilization chambers to disinfect belongings of every visitor. Hourly disinfection of common areas, contact surfaces and stringent protocols for physical distancing was also seen. Thermal screening of every entrant in restaurants which are operating at their 50 per cent capacity and contactless or disposable menu cards introduced by these establishments was a common sight.