The Karachi Tajir Action Committee (KTAC), which represents a large number of trade associations in the city, on Friday announced to keep shops open till 8pm from tomorrow (Saturday) in protest against the “irresponsible behaviour” of the Sindh government in alleviating concerns of the business community.
In a statement released after Friday’s meeting, the Council of Traders warned that if the police or government take enforcement action or try to close their stores to enforce Covid-19 restrictions, they will take to the streets. .
KTAC stated that the provincial government has not contacted the commission, nor has it accepted any of its requests to restrict businesses.
They also said they will make a decision soon, starting next week to close the business for one day instead of the current twice a week.
Given the increasing incidence of Covid-19 cases in the province, Sindh’s provincial government imposed additional restrictions on May 25, including banning gatherings of more than 10 people, while maintaining previous restrictions, including allowing 05:00 to 18:00. activity lasts two weeks.
On Thursday, Sindh’s education minister, Saeed Ghani, said the provincial Covid-19 working group has discussed the gradual easing of restrictions on the coronavirus as the daily number of infections in the province appears to be decreasing.
Addressing traders at the Karachi Chambers of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), Ghani said the task force had hinted at curbing restrictions in its meeting held on June 3, maintaining that “we are moving towards reopening [of businesses] and consultations are underway in this regard.”
The minister had assured business leaders that the restrictions would be lifted gradually and in phases.
Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah had last month ordered the district administration and police to ensure implemention of the restrictions placed by the government. These included business timings from 5am to 6pm, while allowing bakeries and milk shops to remain open till midnight.
It was announced that Fridays and Sundays would be observed as closed days by businesses across the province except Hyderabad where Fridays and Saturdays would be observed as closed days instead.