Most of the staff and shopkeepers at the market were seen to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to remain safe from the deadly virus. Photo: UNB
After having permission from the government, a good number of markets and shopping malls in Dhaka city have been operating their business since Sunday, worrying little about the risk of mass-transmission of coronavirus.
Although they have jumped the gun, the shopping malls have failed to draw the much-sought customers as most of them staying indoors. So, many shopkeepers have been spending idle time though the Eid-ul-Fitr is just a few days away.
The scene is in stark contrast to previous Ramadan when the shopping malls turned overcrowded with shoppers.
A UNB photographer hanged around different markets of the city and found a few people to come outside for Eid-shopping.
These photos were captured from the Aziz Super Market that reopened on Tuesday. Usually, this is a common shopping place for the students of Dhaka University and other nearby colleges.
But all the educational institutions have been shut since the declaration of the general holidays in late March. For the first time in a decade, the DU authorities have vacated their residential halls.
As a result, the Aziz Super Market is facing the lack of its regular customers.
A security personnel is supervising the activities of the market wearing protective gears.
A salesperson is trying to ensure that the dress put on the doll attracts the customers. But there was no customer who could make her efforts well paid.
A staffer is taking care of the products after a break of more than a month.