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Ahead of curfew, retail stores in Ahmedabad see a surge in customers


A surge in customers was reported from various retail outlets in the city as the AMC imposed a curfew from Friday 9 pm up to Monday 6 am.

Customers thronged shops to stock up on essentials ahead of the curfew amid fears that the same could be extended.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had earlier said that the state was not looking at imposing a curfew across the region.

People, however, are not willing to accept it having learned from earlier experience when the lockdown was initially announced for one day in March and then was extended for up to over 80 days.

Rupani has also clarified that the government has no intention of imposing a lockdown either.

In many places, social distancing once again went for a toss.

No AMTS during curfew

Meanwhile, the AMTS services in the city will also be stopped during the curfew hours. This means the service will not be available from Friday night to Monday morning.

At present, the AMTS buses cover 635 different routes in the city. Officials said if the government allows, buses plying on routes covering the Railway station and airport will either be resumed during curfew or special buses will run along these routes.

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Earlier the state government had also prevented the State Transport buses from plying in Ahmedabad after 9 pm when the lockdown was gradually eased. It is not known whether this will be applicable this time around or not.

Meanwhile, the curfew announcement also led to a surge in crowd at ST Bus Stands in the city as those who were on a visit to Ahmedabad scrambled to get home before the curfew.

The government announced the curfew in an attempt to curb the rising incidence of COVID-19 in the state.

It has also deferred the reopening of schools. Earlier the government had announced that it will reopen classes 9 to 12 and universities from November 23 onwards. But as cases surged post-Diwali, the government has decided to defer the reopening of schools.


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