Rising coronavirus cases affect shopkeepers' earnings in Delhi markets

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Rising coronavirus cases affect shopkeepers' earnings in Delhi markets

As the number of Covid cases have increased, the government has imposed night curfew.

Rising coronavirus cases affect shopkeepers' earnings in Delhi markets

New Delhi: In Delhi, the cases of Covid-19 are increasing at a very high pace. On Friday, Delhi reported 8,521 fresh new cases in a single day. It was the second highest number since the pandemic began. It was also the highest single day spike this year.

As the number of Covid cases have increased, the government has also imposed several measures to contain the spread of coronavirus in the national capital like night curfew and the restriction of public gatherings and events. The schools will remain closed for all classes.

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has stressed on severe implementation of COVID-suitable conduct at commercial centers, public vehicles and workplaces considering flooding Covid cases in the National capital.

To know how this situation has affected the markets of Delhi, CitySpidey went to the Janpath market, Lajpat Nagar and Central market to talk to the local vendors.

Manjeet Singh, the owner of a bag shop in Janpath market said, “The market is very down. On a day, most of the time we don't have any customers and the condition of the market remained the same even with the lockdown lifted. Now, due to curfew we have to shut our shops early.”

Rohit, a young man who runs a cloth shop in Janpath said, “I have been working in this place for 5 years and the condition of my shop looks like I have just started the business. Mostly, the first earnings of the day are after 3 pm. And due to the night curfew, we have to go back at about 8.30 pm. When the lockdown lifted, the graph of the market was up but due to night curfew everything is going downhill again.”

Owner of a jewellery shop in Central Market of Lajpat Nagar, Pradeep said, “There is no work in the market and the crowd is one third. I have been working here since 2001, and in these 20 years, this is the worst year of my life and due to night curfew, we have to shut the market early. Our monthly earnings are also one third of what we used to earn earlier.”

Salman, who runs a women clothes shop in Lajpat Nagar said, “The market has only 20 per cent work and the condition of the market has become worse. There is no crowd in the market which affects our monthly earnings. Mostly, our first earnings of the day is on after 5 pm. And due to the night curfew, we close our shop at 8 pm, which also affected us. Before the night curfew, the whole market used to open till at least 10 pm.”