Unlock doesn’t mean pandemic is over: DCSrinagar, June 10: The Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar Mohammad Aijaz Asad Thursday visited various markets of Srinagar City to inspect the implementation of Covid-19 SOPs and to take stock of the post-unlock situation.The DC was accompanied by Senior Superintendent of Police, Sandeep Chowdhary, Superintendent of Police (SP) East and SDPO East, and other concerned officers.During the visit, the DC inspected various markets of Srinagar City including Lal Chowk, Ghanta Ghar, Amira Kadal, Budshah Chowk, Dalgate, Batmaloo, Karan Nagar and other adjoining business hubs.During the visit, the DC reviewed the adherence of Covid SOPs by traders, shopkeepers and customers at the occasion.“I visited Lal Chowk today to see whether the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are being followed religiously by the people or not?” the DC said.He added that the unlock process started by the government does not mean that the pandemic is over.“The government has announced the unlock process in a phased manner. People should know that the pandemic is not over yet. The virus is yet affecting people and taking lives so we should act maturely at this juncture,” he said.The DC appealed to traders and transporters to cooperate with district administration and strictly follow Covid-19 SOPs, guidelines and precautions to control the Covid-19 infection. He said the decision of unlocking was taken after hectic deliberations with concerned stakeholders, so it is mandatory for all to stick to SOPs in letter and spirit to avoid re-imposition of lockdown and other precautionary curbs.On the occasion, the DC and SSP interacted with the traders, pedestrians and asked them to exhibit strict compliance to the government directions for larger public safety and health.He urged people to visit nearest vaccination centres and get vaccinated at an earliest to defeat the 2nd wave of Covid-19 pandemic.The DC directed the concerned officers to monitor adherence to SOPs by service providers and called for strict legal action against the violators of Covid SOPs. During the visit, the DC provided face masks to some shopkeepers and pedestrians who were without masks. He also counselled them on the importance of adopting Covid appropriate behaviour to avoid contracting infection of virus.