Udaipur residents are sized up to this morning as major parts of the city are looking at opening up to near normal routines as the state provisions of Lockdown 4 will be applied to the City of Lakes, which, till 29 May was classified as a complete containment area.
There is pethora of information available in Udaipur media and on social media, with everyone sharing the information on the non containment declaration in Udaipur, with the same fervour as they share pictures and videos of Fatehsagar overflowing during a favourable monsoon.
Later on, in this post, we will once again summarise the non containment zone provisions in a few bullet points, but first and foremost, lets talk about what we, as citizens, need to be wary of, from today morning onwards - as this is going to be a tougher phase than the complete lockdown, as far as managing and maintaining personal safety from COVID19 infection is concerned.
It has been more than 10 long weeks that the country is under lockdown and most businesses, offices and all schools and colleges and all sort of work is closed down. All except the hospitals, the police department, the administrative departments and certain government departments.
Over the last 10 weeks and more, the government is trying to come to terms with what is happening with this pandemic - and the struggle is apparently the same across the globe. However, at the ground level, it the local administration, the local hospitals, the doctors and the health workers, the support staff, the municipality, the UIT, police force, the cleaners, providers of essential services (milkmen, vegetable vendors, groceries, ration vendors), media field reporters, etc who have borne all the risks. They have been at the forefront, taking all risks, of lives, of family time, of other personal responsibilities, and have made the city come to a level where after completing a major part of the lockdown cycle, things are opening up - albeit under restrictions or in parts. Unskilled and semi skilled workers have lots their daily bread options and have returned home or are still returning.
Now is the time for us citizens - who have been holed up at home, listnening to news, worrying about work and money, to pay them back. How we need to pay them back is not by appreciating their services, because what they have done, is largely a parct of their job description. We need to pay them back by ensuring that we act responsibly for ourselves and for others.
Our responsible action does not only mean adhering to administrative lockdown and social distancing norms like keeping distance, not gathering in groups of more than 5, moving around in vehicles as per instructions, etc. What it means is that:
Ensuring that we learn the new normal, we need to undertand the following guidelines related to Udaipur from 30 May.