Retailers Association of India says complete store closures in Delhi not a solution
The Retailers Association of India has asked the Delhi state government to reassess its definition of essential retail to include all non-food items for home delivery as it seeks to mitigate lockdown disruption to businesses.
“We appreciate Delhi government's efforts to curb the surge of the pandemic in the capital city,” said the RAI’s CEO, Kumar Rajagopalan in a statement, the Press Trust of India reported.
“However, we believe that complete closure is not a solution. There has to be a balance between lives and livelihood to ensure that while lives are saved livelihoods are not lost.”
The RAI suggested that non-essential goods retailers, currently forced to close during the new six-day lockdown, should be allowed to open at limited capacity to enable them to fulfil home delivery orders made online or over the phone. The RAI is lobbying for retailers of all sizes to be permitted to continue their business in this limited capacity.
“This ensures social distancing and convenience to customers,” said Rajagopalan.
“In addition to daily essentials, citizens also need non-food items such as clothing, hardware, electrical, household kitchen items among others on a daily basis and should be able to have access to these needs without hardships.”
The RAI is attempting to spare businesses from the hardships caused by last year’s lockdown. With coronavirus cases in Delhi currently rising by around 25,000 a day, the local government is attempting to prevent overwhelm in hospitals.
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