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On Sunday outing after long, city throws masks to the wind
As the city welcomed the first Sunday since the shutdown restrictions were eased in the city, locals took the opportunity to step outside after many months of being cooped up indoors.
From visiting grounds to play sports to going to malls to spend time with their family, locals spent their Sunday outdoors after a long time.
The streets were moderately crowded on Sunday, with both foot and vehicular traffic alike. Many took the day to visit the newly-opened malls in the city. According to Gautam, a resident of Nungambakkam who visited the reopened Express Avenue Mall, this was an opportunity to spend free time without hassle.
“I don’t work on Sundays, and so the full shutdown prevented me from being able to take care of any personal work. Now, with the shutdown lifted, it is easy for me to spend my free time going outside and enjoying myself,” he said.
Delivery executives with food delivery apps were also operational on Sunday, after many months. According to delivery executives in the city, there was a surge lunch orders.
For those visiting temples on Sunday, the crowd remained an issue. “While everyone was wearing masks, many crowded around the idols while praying.
Our priest ensured that there was social distancing by asking the devotees to stand apart, but I am still concerned about what will happen in the future,” said a resident of Shenoy Nagar.
Youngsters took to the streets and grounds in the city to play sports. However, many did not wear masks or maintain social distancing during this time.
Meanwhile, some residents were against this move and remained indoors as a way to stay safe. “With the restrictions lifted on Sunday, there is more movement in the city because everyone is free over the weekend. There was a day of control that is now open for all,” said Mala, a resident of Adyar.