Photos: How public life in India is adapting to Unlock 1.0

UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2020 07:03 PM IST
India’s graded exit from lockdown set into motion by ‘Unlock 1.0’ brings with it familiar sights tweaked to life in the times of coronavirus. Among the first to greet cooped up Indians stepping out after months is the return of serpentine traffic seen along the Western Express Highway in Mumbai on June 8. (Satyabrata Tripathy / HT Photo)
A security guard thermal screens people as they enter an office building in Gurugram on June 8. Beyond our homes, the beep of an infrared thermometer now grants or withholds access to any public space or experience. (Yogendra Kumar / HT Photo)
Farm workers sowing paddy in a field near Mudhal village in Amritsar on June 9. In farmlands, open plan office spaces or floors chequered with cubicles, distance is key to the effective and continued functioning of our workplaces in the near future. (Sameer Sehgal / HT Photo )
Industrial workers sit while maintaining social distancing at an assembly unit of Royal Enfield motorcycles in Oragadam on June 9. Relaxations have allowed for returns to workplaces albeit in fewer numbers but instinctual greetings such as handshakes remain too invasive even among friends or colleagues due to health concerns. (Arun Sankar / AFP)
A devotee prays at the Kalkaji temple in New Delhi after it reopened on June 8 as part of measures constituting the first major step of an exit from lockdown. The face mask is now deemed battle worthy armour in reducing the risk of coronavirus transmission. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)
A disinfectant spray installed in the parking lot of a shopping mall is activated by a passing car in New Delhi on June 7. Squirts of sanitizer through the day, fumigants and clouds of disinfectant mist drive home the need for personal hygiene. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)
Visitors inside Cha Bar in New Delhi after the restaurant reopened to public on June 8. Mandatory social distancing in public setting adds to an appreciation of personal spaces but comes coupled with a detachment from those delivering the experience to us, now anonymised by masks, shields and even bodysuits. (Sanchit Khanna / HT PHOTO)
There is little alarm anymore at the sight of sanitation workers head to toe in PPE coveralls or with tanks strapped to their backs as they diligently go about disinfecting spaces for public use like here at Gaur City Mall in Greater Noida on June 9. (Virendra Singh Gosain / HT Photo)
Travellers use a vending machine dispensing face masks and sanitizer rather than food or drink during an onward journey at Patna Junction on June 9. (Santosh Kumar / Ht Photo)
The virtual rally such as Union Home Minister Amit Shah's address to the BJP’s West Bengal units on June 9 is one implementation of several solutions provided by technology to older processes being delivered by newer means. (Samir jana / HT Photo)

India’s graded exit from lockdown set into motion by ‘Unlock 1.0’ brings with it familiar sights tweaked to life in the times of coronavirus. Among the first to greet cooped up Indians stepping out after months is the return of serpentine traffic seen along the Western Express Highway in Mumbai on June 8. (Satyabrata Tripathy / HT Photo)

A security guard thermal screens people as they enter an office building in Gurugram on June 8. Beyond our homes, the beep of an infrared thermometer now grants or withholds access to any public space or experience. (Yogendra Kumar / HT Photo)

Farm workers sowing paddy in a field near Mudhal village in Amritsar on June 9. In farmlands, open plan office spaces or floors chequered with cubicles, distance is key to the effective and continued functioning of our workplaces in the near future. (Sameer Sehgal / HT Photo )

Industrial workers sit while maintaining social distancing at an assembly unit of Royal Enfield motorcycles in Oragadam on June 9. Relaxations have allowed for returns to workplaces albeit in fewer numbers but instinctual greetings such as handshakes remain too invasive even among friends or colleagues due to health concerns. (Arun Sankar / AFP)

A devotee prays at the Kalkaji temple in New Delhi after it reopened on June 8 as part of measures constituting the first major step of an exit from lockdown. The face mask is now deemed battle worthy armour in reducing the risk of coronavirus transmission. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

A disinfectant spray installed in the parking lot of a shopping mall is activated by a passing car in New Delhi on June 7. Squirts of sanitizer through the day, fumigants and clouds of disinfectant mist drive home the need for personal hygiene. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

Visitors inside Cha Bar in New Delhi after the restaurant reopened to public on June 8. Mandatory social distancing in public setting adds to an appreciation of personal spaces but comes coupled with a detachment from those delivering the experience to us, now anonymised by masks, shields and even bodysuits. (Sanchit Khanna / HT PHOTO)

There is little alarm anymore at the sight of sanitation workers head to toe in PPE coveralls or with tanks strapped to their backs as they diligently go about disinfecting spaces for public use like here at Gaur City Mall in Greater Noida on June 9. (Virendra Singh Gosain / HT Photo)

Travellers use a vending machine dispensing face masks and sanitizer rather than food or drink during an onward journey at Patna Junction on June 9. (Santosh Kumar / Ht Photo)

The virtual rally such as Union Home Minister Amit Shah's address to the BJP’s West Bengal units on June 9 is one implementation of several solutions provided by technology to older processes being delivered by newer means. (Samir jana / HT Photo)

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Unlock 1.0, the first major step in a graded exit from India’s lockdown against the coronavirus came into effect on June 8. After a period of over two months the relaxations hope to renew economic activity but also bring with them a radical change in what it means to step out of our homes. The crowded markets from times before Covid-19, throngs in malls, bustling offices and scenes from casual life have been left transformed by layers of heightened health precautions.

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