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Businessmen rejected the government’s decision to impose a lockdown



Businessmen rejected the government's decision to impose a lockdown

KARACHI: The proposal by the Sindh government to enforce a complete lockdown in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the province was rejected by the business community on Friday, according to a statement.

The president of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), Mian Nasir Hayat Maggo, has called on the Sindh government to reconsider its decision.

In response to the frightening spread of the Delta variant during the fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the Sindh government decided to institute a complete lockdown beginning on August 2, 2021, effective immediately.

The president of the FPCCI urged that the industry should be permitted to continue operating seven days a week if possible. In addition, he believes that restaurants and cafes should be permitted to offer takeaway and delivery services around the clock.

Maggo stated that grocery stores should be permitted to remain open until 8:00 p.m., and that Karachi, which is the country’s commercial capital, should be excluded from being placed under complete lockdown.

According to the president of the FPCCI, in the event of an industry shutdown, firms would be unable to pay their employees’ salaries.

Zubair Motiwala, head of the Businessmen Group (BMG) and former president of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), stated in another statement that a complete shutdown was not the solution.

He predicted that the number of cases will increase when the lockdown was lifted, and he added that “deterrence against a coronavirus pandemic will only be achieved by vaccination and careful adherence of SOPs.”

Instead of shutting down the entire province, the provincial administration should establish vaccination programs.

According to Motiwala, the entire lockdown had negative consequences for the poorer sections of society. “The shutdown will have a negative impact on small traders and daily wagers,” he continued.

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