Hyderabad: After textile traders in Secunderabad’s General Bazaar decided to shut down their shops after a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in the city, Hyderabad’s famous Laad Bazaar and Troop Bazaar have followed suit. Merchants of Laad Bazaar, located near the Charminar area in Hyderabad, and Troop Bazaar in Koti have decided to close their businesses from 26 June to 3 July.

“All the shops in Laad Bazaar will be completely shut down from Friday for a week because of the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the area. We know that health is wealth so it is important that we shut down our shops for the safety of our customers,” traders from Laad Bazaar said. Laad Bazaar, also known as Choodi Bazaar, is famous for its bangles.

Citing the same reason, shopkeepers of Troop Bazaar have also decided to shut down their shops till 3 July. Also, the Hyderabad Kirana Merchant Association has decided to close down the Begum bazaar market for a week from 28 June to 5 July. The Hyderabad and Secunderabad Sanitary dealer’s Association will also stop doing business from 27 June to 5 July.

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Earlier on 24 June, several textile shops in Secunderabad’s General Bazaar had decided to shut down their shops till 5 July due to the rising number of cases in the city. A notice released by the General Bazaar Silk Cloth Merchant’s Association said, “As the corona cases are increasing rapidly in our area, for the safety of our customers and our team, the General Bazaar Silk Cloth Merchants Association has decided to close down the shops from 25 June to 5 July.”

General Bazaar in Secunderabad is known for its textile and sari shops. Aravind, one of the shopkeepers at General Bazaar, said, “The decision was taken for the safety of the shopkeepers as well as the customers. The number of cases is increasing in the area and we don’t want to take any chances,” he said

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