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People cautious as Meghalaya unlocks

Shillong, Jun 27: After more than three months of lockdown due to the Covid-19 situation in the State, the unlocking process has already begun.
The capital city, Shillong is slowly springing back to life although most of the people are cautious fearing a second wave of the virus.
The city streets are again filled with people and roads full of vehicles.
Shops and business establishments in Laitumkhrah, Laban, Rynjah, Polo and other parts of the city are plying their business as usual.
“The city now looks lively, compared to the days of the lockdown. But we have to remain cautious since we don’t know when the virus will make a comeback,” Joshua Pyngrope said.
Pyngrope also said that the government should not have rushed by re-opening of markets.
According to him, in the public places especially, markets social distancing is difficult to follow.
Pointing out to a group of youths standing on a footpath in Laitumkhrah, he said, “It seems they are no more scared of the virus.”
In the commercial hub of Ïewduh, government has allowed the reopening of shops since June 22. But on a given day only 413 out of the 1222 are allowed to operate.
In Khyndailad too shops are allowed to open but on alternate days.
From June 29, weekly markets all over the State will again reopen but border haats in the international border and markets along the inter-state border are not allowed to operate.
On Friday, the State government has decided to reopen hotels from July 1.
“Although hotels have been allowed to reopen but I don’t think we can recover anytime soon,” a hotel owner said.
He said that given the fear that has gripped of the virus, the people will take time to regain confidence.
K. Tynsong, who runs a food stall on her van, said that business is not as it was before.
“Earlier when things were normal, parents would pack lunch from me, but now the business is down,” she said.