The public life in the city came to a sudden halt owning to the night curfew imposed in Telangana state. The curfew starts at 9pm and continues till 5 AM. However, on the day the curfew was announced, it was a rather tedious day for many Hyderabadis as they had to face various checks and stops from the city police.
Retail shops, malls, gyms, bakeries, wine shops, bars and restaurants, cafes and other traders had to shut their operations prior to deadline to avoid trouble.
Those stranded in bus stations such as Jubilee Hills and Afzalgunj had to wait the entire night till 5am before they could board buses. Those returning from office had to produce their ID cards as proof on their return journey if they breached the curfew hours. Even four wheelers were stopped and checks were done. The police made it clear that hefty fines would be levied if they did not comply with the new rules.
The police have also announced that details of journey would be asked at various junctions and if commuters fail to furnish the necessary details, they would have to face action. Fines would be collected for violating COVID safety norms.In some instances, people trying to enter the city from districts were asked to turn back. Barricades have been put up at various places to stop people trying to break the rule.
Wine shops at places such as Dilsukhnagar and Kothapet shut shop one hour before the deadline and one could see the management requesting visitors to leave as soon as the curfew was imposed.