Lockdown? Not again please, say bizmen
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Perical M Sundar, President, Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry said, “Businesses are still grappling with last year’s lockdown impact. We estimate that it had affected close to two million people who faced job losses or salary cuts. If we go for another lockdown or night curfew, this may have a terrible effect on the economy.”
Srinivas Asranna, ex-president of Peenya Industries Association, said that they were strictly against the lockdown. “After severe economic turmoil, if there is another lockdown, many industries will be shut permanently, leading to lakhs of people losing their jobs.”
“If you have a night lockdown from 8 pm or 9 pm, this would mean that all businesses have to shut shop by 6 pm because people have to come back home. Buses will be crowded, and physical distancing will go for a toss,” added Sundar.
Businessmen say that Sunday lockdowns were also of minimal use as it resulted in roads being blocked with barricades and shops forced to close but but had little effect in curbing covid.
A city doctor said, “Night curfews were primarily imposed to restrict people crowding in the evening. During the eight-day lockdown in July last year, there had been no drastic reduction in cases, and it turned out to be a lockdown only for namesake. It was the same for the Sunday lockdown.”
“Mass vaccination drive should be conducted along with help of government and private hospitals in the city to ensure fast process,” said Dr Jagadish Hiremath (Medical Director at Ace Multi-Speciality Hospital). According to him, curfews were the way to stop people moving randomly from one place to another.
“There needs to be a lot of campaigns and sharing of positive experiences from people who have already taken the jab which will help others to come forward. Special IEC programs should be conducted at the grassroot level to ensure effective vaccination drive,” said Dr Suri Raju V (Medical Director at Regal Multi-Speciality Hospital). He added that lockdown was not the solution as it might slow down the spread but won’t curb it entirely.