Karachi: The Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) asked the Sindh government to allow shops and businesses to reopen two days before celebrating Eidul Fitr.
KCCI requires the provincial authorities to allow various trade activities from Eid al-Fitr to Eidul Fitr before Eid-Fitr in the next two days.
The Supreme Council of Businessmen Group (BMG) chairman Zubair Motiwala said the statistics of coronavirus cases in Karachi are not that bad, hence the shopkeepers must be allowed to continue businesses from the said timings on Wednesday and Thursday.
The former KCCI chairman added that the provincial authorities should show mercy to local shopkeepers and small business owners. He went on to say that due to the implementation of stricter COVID-19 lockdowns, businessmen should have an opportunity to reduce the financial losses they face.
Zubair Motiwala said that the reopening of markets and businesses will also enable citizens to complete shopping for Eidul Fitr. He added that KCCI is facing tremendous pressure from businessmen to persuade the Sindh provincial government to relax the lockdown restrictions.
Motiwala said that the representatives of the commercial market assured the Chamber of Commerce officials to strictly abide by standard operating procedures (SOPs), adding that crowding in the market will not be encouraged and will follow KCCI’s recommendations to ensure social distancing.
He expressed hopes that the provincial government will consider their recommendations and allow the trade activities by easing lockdown measures for reducing the financial losses of the businesses.
KCCI chairman Muhammad Shariq Vohra said that it is time to help the citizens and business community who are facing severe troubles due to COVID-19 restrictions. He asked the Sindh government to provide relief to the Karachiites ahead of Eid.
Abdul Majeed Memon, chairman of the KCCI Small Traders Committee, said that traders are already facing a back-to-back financial crisis due to restrictions on business activities caused by the pandemic.
While expressing his concerns, he said that many businesses will be completely destroyed if the provincial government would not take any steps to provide relief to them ahead of Eidul Fitr.
On May 4, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) had decided to close all kind of trade activities, shops, markets and tourism due to the rise in coronavirus cases.