After a pause of two months due to the COVID-19 crisis at hand, the centre has allowed domestic flight operations but this time, there are new rules and regulations to be followed. Lucknow's Chaudhary Charan Singh airport became functional again and flyers coming back to the city from anywhere across India, have been instructed to stay in home-quarantine for 2 weeks.
Established back in 1955, Wahid Biryani is one of the legendary eateries of Lucknow and they're famous for their meaty Awadhi biryani since inception. But for the first ever during their span of 65 years in the city, they've started dishing out vegetarian delicacies to feed the migrants on the roads.
In a bid to keep the economy afloat and to further make the current situation convenient for the residents, the Uttar Pradesh Government is granting us some major relaxations attached with stringent rules. From May 20, certain businesses can operate thrice a week in Lucknow from 7AM till 7PM while keeping the regulations in mind.
The shop owners are advised to sanitise their premises on May 20 before opening for public. All restaurants, bakeries and sweet shops can start home delivery of products from May 21.
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Over the past month and a half, Lucknowites have been revelling in a clean air and green atmosphere. This is perhaps the only good thing to come out as a result of the ongoing nationwide lockdown. A few days back, we took a deep dive into comparing the AQI last year to this year, in May.
In such times of a fatal pandemic outbreak, we're being given new directives to follow every other day by the authorities. It is absolutely crucial to follow them to flatten this raging curve and the primary step is to stay home of course. But even amidst such a chaos, there are certain things which we need to remember on a humane level to maintain our sanity, while being helpful to others too! So here are 5 things which should be mindful about and put into practice, during these chaotic and baneful circumstances.
Take care of the stray animals<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjg5NjA2NC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzMTgyODUzMn0.3C9syfSaCiuEPAKLu8TSp2zRGKc2zE56LwpqsfkHNSQ/img.jpg?width=980" id="266b1" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="797036acd88d4d400e5e1937bba181bf" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>Since the lockdown has occurred, all the eateries have closed their services and people aren't even stepping out. Now because of these reasons, the stray animals are starving to death. Also, there's a popular rumour stating that strays and pets can actually infect you with the virus but that is not the case! Pet cats and dogs cannot pass the new coronavirus on to humans but they can test positive for low levels of the pathogen if they catch it from their owners. </p><p>So please be mindful of these poor creatures on the streets and leave some water and food for them whenever possible. Their ultimate source of nourishment is you right now so be kind and generous towards these animals!</p>
Reach out to the elderly<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjg5NjA2OC9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzNjg5NjQ2MH0.zUeGB7JPS7HogRELG0tSzyqRUMSLO7pBlkl9icdL_BQ/img.png?width=980" id="39ec7" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="c5385df006e26479a95c86f3b114f076" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>If you have elderly folks staying around you, do make sure to check up on them. This phase is absolutely critical especially for people over 60 and they might not be able to go out even for the basic amenities. So call up your neighbours and people you may know in your area to help them out with grocery shopping and other basic functions! </p>
Develop a set of habits<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjg5NjA3MC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYwNTI0ODk3NH0.yclhcEygnZY2oa2QEl9B6H6RbvHjJ9HXrylNHZvnuvU/img.jpg?width=980" id="a6417" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="32bea0cfc1165882cb9aadd9f374a5df" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>Some experts claim that it takes 21 days to form a habit or to break out of a complex pattern. So since we're all gonna be indoors for the next 3 weeks now, it'll be wise for you to chalk out some good habits which'll be easy for you to follow! This social distancing period can help you to invest in some me-time and you can use this time to indulge in things which you've been putting off for quite sometime now. Read, meditate, get back into your art, learn something new- it'll help you to pass time in a productive way without feeling vacant and bored.</p>
Keep a check on your distant family & friends<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjg5NjA3Ni9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYwODE4NDM2Nn0.7XUMbnOP5k7XfTy45IjdzU8Jn3mgL12z1MQ6McnyMg8/img.jpg?width=980" id="8c3c9" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="6878ed88de54eaf8bef0e917a52d5b2c" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>Yeah, we all run from our relatives because of the unsolicited advices and unsought questions but this is a time of crisis and chaos. Do make sure to check up on them, no matter how annoying they can get- do your part! You'd not know who might need your help in what.</p><p>And of course without friends we wouldn't have been able to survive this isolation period but do take extra steps to ensure that those friends who stay away from home, are doing okay. Frequent video calls and online multiplayer games can help to ease their anxiety while giving them a feeling of togetherness, which is any day better than feeling isolated from everyone.</p>
Most importantly, stay home & be positive<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjg5NjA3OC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzNDk5OTYwMH0.W1RiwE9ftHCv2va7RqmS9x7ExAWl_oxE7seKlysalhI/img.jpg?width=980" id="984aa" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="f37df514e9e92139498166c01f82599d" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>We all know this by now- we've gotta be at home to combat the spread of this deadly virus. But there are people who are still roaming around the streets without any purpose or sense of urgency. This is absolutely wrong and against the rules right now so be home, wash your hands and keep on sanitizing for the greater good. Maintain distance from outsiders/friends so that you can see them again!</p><p>If we stay indoors for now, very soon we'd be able to venture outdoors. Try thinking about that no matter how difficult it is and instead of sulking, remember that this too shall pass!</p>
The corona pandemic has been plaguing our lives for weeks now and the daily news updates about the number of victims and deaths are nothing but depressing. But in the recent times, the officials stats pertaining to COVID-19 cases in Lucknow is bringing us specks of hope. On the 10th of May, 16 patients in Lucknow were cured of the virus and discharged, which has also brought the number of active cases down to 53 from 69. At the moment, Uttar Pradesh has almost 3,500 confirmed corona cases and there are over 1500 recovered patients till date.
Ever since the coronavirus pandemic came into being, cities all over the world are reporting a steady improvement in Air Quality. In Lucknow itself, the effects are rather unmissable. This is perhaps the only good thing to come out of the national Lockdown.
During such testing times when news pieces are nothing but disturbing, it is also essential to keep our eyes focused on the hopeful part of the situation. Although Uttar Pradesh has around 3,000 confirmed cases of corona at the moment, there are over 1100 recovered patients till date and on the 6th of May itself, Lucknow witnessed the recovery of 90 COVID-19 patients.
In an attempt to put the city back on track, Lucknow administration on Tuesday gave permission to open private offices with some strict guidelines. It is day 43 of the national lockdown and with the current situation, it seems like the lockdown is here to stay. Hence, it becomes very important to figure out ways of bringing things to normal. And this attempt is here to do the same.