Tea shops are dangerous traps nowSomehow or the other, as Indians, we are only extremely good at breaking all rules. When the entire world is fighting to stop a virus from spreading, we have instances where everything goes for a big six. Chennai and three other neighbouring districts have been identified as danger zones and a big lockdown has been imposed in Tamil Nadu. In many other areas, the relaxations have been allowed. What we now see is the "business as usual" attitude of thousands of people. In a small tea shop where hardly ten people can normally sit and have their tea, one finds double that number sitting and standing. No health official or the police is around.
Worse, the same guy sells lassi and curd too. The crowd increases minute after minute. Such scenes are also shown by many private channels. Nothing happens. And then comes the announcement of new cases. It is obvious that at least one positive case of COVID would have gone out of the tea shop.
The key is to compulsorily enforce social distancing. The owner cannot be balmed. I guess the people are basically indisciplined. When I tried to bring this to the notice of the police on duty elsewhere, they merely said that they would take action. But the famous tea shop is the only place where the police officials get free tea all the time!!
So, where do we go from here?