ISLAMABAD, August 06 (Online Int’l): The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry has welcomed the Punjab government advice to the federal government to reopen restaurants, marriage halls, cinemas and other sectors.
FPCCI President Mian Anjum Nisar, in a statement issued here on Thursday, welcomed the proposals of Punjab Cabinet Committee for Corona Control to open industries, restaurants, marriage halls and cinemas, urging National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), which is the final authority, to allow reopening of all businesses without any delay.
According to reports, the provincial committee has decided that the provincial cabinet would forward its recommendations to the NCOC for ending the lockdown and reopen gyms, indoor sports, beauty salons and clinics etc in Punjab, which is a welcome step.
He said that the number of virus-positive cases had dropped to two percent of total tests being conducted in Punjab, which is a good news.
FPCCI President Mian Anjum Nisar observed that countrywide lockdown in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic has officially been lifted for a long times, as markets and almost every business has been allowed to reopen except restaurants, which is not fair.
He urged the National Command and Operation Centre to announce a date for reopening of the eateries, as the government has assured the restaurant owners several times of reopening, which was not implemented so far.
Mian Anjum Nisar said that every business took the hit during the lockdown period while restaurants also incurred heavy losses, as the industry employs hundreds of thousands of workers across the province who might go jobless if the current situation persisted for a long time.
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