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Jammu city and its adjoining areas wore deserted look on Friday as people stayed indoors while as business establishments remained shut. The public transport was off the roads.

The district magistrate Jammu had issued an order for strict restriction in the city. The old city markets, which usually remain abuzz with customers was completely shut, excluding medicine shops.

People preferred distancing from each other, and parents also kept their children indoors.

All big shopping malls, restaurants and eateries were shut. People also cancelled social gatherings as a precautionary measure to prevent spread of infections.

Under the district magistrate’s order, all modes of public transport including buses, mini-buses will cease to ply in Jammu except SRTC buses which shall only play on 14 specified routes within municipal limits of the city, its outskirts and Bari Brahmana.

Auto-rickshaw and taxis have also been permitted to ply a condition that they would ferry not more than three passengers.  

However, in the city outskirts, there was less impact of the restrictions, though police at many places was seen enforcing directions from the administration.

An official said there was no restriction on operation of flights at Jammu airport. However, passengers arriving from Leh and Ladakh were being quarantined for 15 days as safety measure. Other passengers are being checked properly to ensure that they have no symptoms, said an official, adding shops inside the airport were also closed.