Shopkeepers in Karachi Violating New COVID-19 SOPs


Shopkeepers, businesses in Karachi are violating the new Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). They continue to carry out their dealings after 6 pm despite the Sindh government’s orders yesterday to end all business activities by 6 pm due to the second wave of coronavirus.

As per the reports, business centers and markets across Hyderi, Pakistan Chowk, Burns Road, Jama Cloth Market, and in the boundary remained unashamedly open even after 7:00 pm while the new SOPs rolled out the other day direct 6:oo am to 6:00 pm timings.

Earlier today, Jameel Paracha the Sindh Tajir Ittehad Chairman rejected the Sindh government’s decision of allowing businesses and markets to open from 6 am to 6 pm.

He said in a statement that it is impossible for traders to implement the new reduced shop timings in any way. He further added while traders are already winding from the hostile effects of the previous lockdown, efforts are being made to limit business activities once again.

Paracha cautioned that traders will put up confrontation if the police come to impose the decision.

The chairman of All Pakistan Jewellers Manufacturers Association Muhammad Arshad said that the decision to open shops at 6:00 am is not feasible and suggested that they be allowed to operate from 9:00 am till 8:00 pm.

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