On the third day of the lockdown, the streets of Barishal did not exactly look as expected.
Even in the morning, when police surveillance was heavy, everything and everyone from rickshaws carrying rice sacks to courier service vehicles to people in cars could be seen plying the road, along with emergency service providers.
A police unit on duty at Najirpole, one of the city's most important traffic points, said they were trying to check as many vehicles as possible. But Abdul Halim, a member of the team, said, "Everyone keeps coming out to the street -- how many can we stop?"
At Jail Mor, this correspondent saw a truck with 11 people on board returning with foodstuff. None of them were wearing masks, though some had their faces covered with towels. Some motorcycles were seen plying the roads brandishing stickers of unknown news portals.
Gathering at the mosques for Juma prayer was not too big -- most were attended by at least 20 people, this correspondent saw.
Port and Bazar roads, the city's wholesale fish, fruit and daily food supply centres, were as busy as they were pre-lockdown. In the morning, executive magistrate Nirupam Majumder distributed leaflets outlining health guidelines, which were being casually flouted. Executive magistrate Subrata Biswas Das conducted courts in Ruptali, Nathullabad and Kashipur areas.
In separate drives, they fined offenders Tk 2,900 for not maintaining health guidelines.