New methods devised to ensure social distancing | Hyderabad News

Hyderabad: To curb the threat of coronavirus, residents across the city have taken it upon themselves to devise ways of practising and encouraging social distancing within their communities. From adopting a token (or slot) system to inviting a limited number of local vendors inside their apartment complexes, residents have stepped in to avoid overcrowding at in-house supermarkets and grocery stores.
These systems have restricted the number of people making purchases at a given time. “All residents have to register on the gated community mobile application for tokens. Only 20 token holders are being allowed to make purchases at a time in an hour,” said Shikha Gupta, a resident of community in Nallagandla. In some areas, residents also helped their neighbours with grocery shopping, to reduce the number of people stepping out.
Similarly, all residents stepping out to purchase essentials at a gated community in Manikonda divided slots on first-come-first-serve basis. “There are two shops within the society – a vegetable shop and a grocery store. For both the shops, separate slots are being issued to the residents. Fifteen minutes before our slot, they remind us and ask us to come for shopping,” said Robin Chatterjee, resident of the community. Some communities also collaborated with local vendors to deliver on particular days.
The GHMC, on its part, too rolled out unique measures to propagate social distancing. The assistant medical officers of health outlined circles in front of several stores in Serilingampally and Kukatpally circles to earmark spaces for people to stand, at a distance from each other, while waiting for their turn.
Apart from helping each other with preventive measures, residents of many colonies in the city also made a concentrated effort to curb rumour-mongering. “There are a lot of conjectures doing the rounds on our apartment WhatsApp group. We are trying to tell people to refrain from such activity and instead concentrate on keeping themselves and their families healthy,” said Goutham R from Somajiguda.

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