First extension of lockdown coincided with August 5, anniversary of abrogation of article 370, and now the second extension is coinciding with August 15, preparations and easing of lockdown would be only from August 16.
Having said that, the Srinagar administration has decided to go for restrictions till August 15, evening due to the growing cases of coronavirus in cities and other areas of Kashmir.
In this connection Magistrate Srinagar has ordered extension in restrictions on public activities including operation of commercial establishments and movement in Srinagar.
The restrictions will continue to remain enforced for another week up to midnight on 15 August. The extension has been ordered keeping in mind the COVID-19 situation which continues to exist in the district.
Meanwhile, the Srinagar district administration has initiated preparations ahead of the opening up of operations that the government has announced from 16 August.
Over this next week, the district administration will sensitize all the concerned about COVID-19 preventive guidelines and SOPs that need to be followed.
The idea is to ensure that the negligence reported during the last unlock – which resulted in rise in COVID-19 cases – is not repeated and that due care is taken to prevent further spread of the disease.
It was expected on first unlock also that the administration will take measures to educate people about the SOP’s and other guidelines for normalizing life and trade in Kashmir.