GOA: Day one of the three-day lockdown in the state was characterized by near-deserted streets as almost all shops and commercial establishment remained closed in Margao. The lockdown was total in all towns of south Goa with only essential services like pharmacies remaining open. Hospitals and banks also remained functional with skeletal staff. With buses remaining off the roads, employees of hospitals and banks had to arrange their own transport to get to their workplace.
Grocery shops also remained closed in most parts of South Goa. South Goa collector Ajit Roy clarified that shops dealing in essential commodities were exempt from the lockdown. “Grocery shops come under essentials. They are allowed to remain open. Standalone shops can also remain open,” Roy told when pointed out that most of the shops dealing in groceries and daily essential had remained shut on Friday. The new municipal market, the Gandhi market and the SGPDA market also remained closed.
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