Traders are voluntarily closing shutters in Anantapur

Shops are closed from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

In light of the rise in coronavirus infections, the Association of Traders and Businessmen in the old town of Anantapur and Dharmavaram voluntarily decided at a meeting on Thursday evening to close the shutters every day from Friday to 6 p.m.

The move was already implemented before the state government decided to impose a curfew or lockdown. The trade association members went from store to store Friday morning seeking their assistance to contain the spread of the virus, telling everyone not to allow customers to enter their stores without a mask.

In the meantime, the police kept an eye on the people walking into the shops and crowding around the tea and coffee kiosks, and made sure that social distance was maintained. They also educated people about the benefits of wearing a mask.

In the new town of Anantapur, not many vendors came forward to close the shutters, but the members of the club did a tour of all the stores and asked them to close at 6 p.m.

The hotel and restaurant owners resisted, however, as they did brisk business in the evenings and, in the absence of an official memo, were unwilling to lose money.

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