It is clear now that the third wave of Covid-19 has hit the country. The plateau is going to be reached by end of this month or early February. Hopefully, there will be decline in new cases and fatalities in coming days and weeks. From just few thousand daily cases and few dozen fatalities, the former are being counted in lakhs across the country while deaths have also gone up. This central government led by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has left it for the states and union territories to decide whether to go for lockdown or impose some sort of regulations to prevent the further spread of the virus. A number of states and UTs like Delhi and even J&K had imposed stringent restrictions to keep the infection under control. At one point in time, J&K was registering over 5000 daily cases and more than 60 deaths. But the restrictions seem to have worked. While the death rate seems to be going up in J&K, the daily caseload is also surging. With this deterioration in situation, this time around, no calls are being made that the economy should be closed. Many states have led the way by relaxing the restriction by allowing certain activities. Some sectors of economy are working normally while some restrictions have been brought again. Jammu and Kashmir’s administration is also facing a tough choice. On the one hand, the government will face charges of allowing the virus to spread if the economy is opened fully and crippling restrictions are lifted. If the restrictions are allowed to continue, it will only aggravate the bad situation for thousands of traders, private employees, hawkers, vendors and other hand-to-mouth workers who have been suffering from lockdown after lockdown over the past three years since the abrogation of the Article 370 that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The condition of people working in the tourism sector in which thousands of employees have been rendered jobless is extremely bad. In such a situation, the government can’t enforce the restrictions forever. A middle path has to be found wherein the economy is allowed to function while as Covid-appropriate behavior is also followed in letter and spirit. People also have a responsibility to follow the SOPs which is the most effective way to fight the pandemic.