For many, the new shutdown was difficult to adjust to following the easing of restrictions prior to the event. With offices open and functioning, and even restaurants reopening again, the city was on the curve to regular life, and thus the new shutdown felt more burdensome, say residents.
“We had just returned to work when the new shutdown was announced. It was difficult to go back to closing down offices and return to work from home after getting that sense of normalcy. I am looking forward to the shutdown easing because we will be able to return to work now,” said Ashaa Vigashini, a designer.
The work from home requirements for some has become tiresome, and many speak about mental health taking a big hit. “There’s no division between home and work. I have no time to myself anymore. I went into a depressive spiral during the shutdown, all because of increased work and living alone. I just want things to return to normal,” said Daniel Dinakaran, an analyst.
The total shutdown on Sundays has received mixed reviews. Some feel that it is not very effective, as the numbers in the city are already very high. However, others feel that the move was a smart one. “The spread in the city is due to contact. By restricting all movement in the city, it will help curb the spread even further. We just need to prepare in advance for Sundays, because all facilities are closed, but as long as you are careful, we would be fine,” said Alamelu, a resident of Kodambakkam.