Few shops, fewer customers
Earlier on May 4, the government had announced that businesspeople could keep markets and shops open for six hours from 10am to 4pm every day
Shopkeepers had opened their shops with high hopes, expecting some customers. But most shops had to wait for the entire day to make their first sale.
While some shops were visited by a handful of customers, most others remained empty.
The shops in Old Dhaka's Islampur, Chawkbazar and Keraniganj, and the ones in Ayesha Market at Jatrabari, Dhanmondi's Rapa Plaza, New Super Market and Elephant road reopened on May 10, following the government's nod to resume trade amid the shutdown.
Earlier on May 4, the government had announced that businesspeople could keep markets and shops open for six hours from 10am to 4pm every day, considering the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr and in a bid to keep the economy operating.
It also asked businesspeople and consumers to maintain health guidelines during the general holidays, which has been extended till May 30.
Soon after the government's decision, authorities of Bashundhara City Shopping Complex, Jamuna Future Park, New Market, Mouchak Market and Anarkoli Market had declared that they will not open their shutters.
In addition, many malls in Rajshahi, Sylhet, Chandpur, Feni, Chattogram and Dhaka have also decided to keep their businesses closed this season to contain the spread of coronavirus.
The government has opted for a relaxed lockdown, allowing people to venture out more and worry less about the risk of getting infected.
This decision has contributed to hundreds of fresh cases in the past few days and the sudden jump in death toll as some people are gathering at different shops and malls for their Eid shopping.
However, most have chosen to stay at home and not gather at the malls amid the outbreak.