Decision on reopening of shops by Sunday

Staff Correspondent

22 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh Shop Owners Association President Md Helal Uddin on Wednesday said the decision to reopen shops and shopping malls would be taken by next Sunday.

He requested the shop owners to wait patiently for opening their businesses when corona situation is alarming in the country.

The shop owners could not do any business in Boishakh due to the government restrictions imposed to contain corona spread in the country, he said.

Ongoing lockdown also caused concern among the traders about their Eid-centric business during the month of Ramadan.

They demand immediate opening of their shops and shopping malls in compliance with health guidelines, he said.         

He said, “I have written a letter to the Prime Minister on April 17 requesting permission to open shops and shopping malls in compliance with 100 percent health rules from next Monday. We are optimistic that Prime Minister will grant our prayer as she did whenever we submitted any proposal earlier.”

“She also gave us five days before Ramadan. Although nothing has been said about it, we hope that a decision will be made by next Sunday” he said.

Helal Uddin said, “We hope to get some good news next Sunday about the opening of shops. That’s why we have to wait until next Sunday. And at this point I urge the shopkeepers to wait patiently.”

Earlier, in a press conference on Sunday, Bangladesh Shop Owners Association and the Dhaka Metropolitan (North and South) Shop Owners' Association demanded permission to open shopping malls, markets, shops and small businesses from April 22 in compliance with all necessary health guidelines.

They also demanded that the country be vaccinated within the next three months to end the country's overall economic inactivity.

Earlier on April 6, the Bangladesh Shop Owners Association sent a letter to the Prime Minister to keep the shop open for four hours a day.

In the letter, the Bangladesh Shop Owners Association appealed to the Prime Minister to keep the small, wholesale, retail markets and shops open from 10 am to 4 pm in a limited range by maintaining social distance and following health guidelines.