The Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) has urged the government to ensure implementation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) against Covid-19 instead of opting to close down businesses during the fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
This was stated by Chairman Businessmen Group (BMG) and former president of KCCI, Zubair Motiwala, and KCCI President M Shariq Vohra in a statement on Thursday.
While expressing deep concerns over the decision to once again close down dining in facility at all restaurants and many other businesses, they stated that shutting down businesses to contain further spread of the pandemic is not the solution as it would only intensify the hardships for people hence, the government should devise effective strategy for strict implementation of SOPs instead of closing down businesses.
They said that millions of people associated with restaurants, hotels, cafes, cinema houses, indoor gyms, indoor sports and inland tourism, etc, would face starvation instead of dying of disease triggered by the pandemic; therefore, the government must understand the gravity of the situation and withdraw the unjust decision to once again close down numerous businesses.
“After going through the toughest time of their lives, the owners of restaurants, cinema houses and other businesses took the much-awaited sigh of relief as they were allowed to carry out their businesses but unfortunately within a few days, the Home Department has once again ordered them to close down which is highly unfair”, said Motiwala, adding that majority should not be subjected to penal action like closing down