Bangladesh Shop Owners Association has extended the closure of all shops and shopping malls in the country, except kitchen markets, grocery stores, super shops and pharmacies, to 9 April to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Bangladesh Shop Owners Association took this decision on Thursday.
The association decided to keep all shopping complexes and malls across the country shut till 9 April.
Helal Uddin & Zahirul Haque Bhuiyan
As per the government’s directives to contain coronavirus, the association decided to keep all shopping complexes and malls across the country shut till 9 April, said the platform’s president of Md Helal Uddin and secretary general Md Zahirul Haque Bhuiyan in a joint statement.
Bangladesh slapped restrictions on public movement, declaring a general holiday between 26 March and 4 April in the first phase. This was later extended to 11 April.
Leaders of the association urged all owners and workers in the sector to remain at home.
In the first phase, the owners shut down their shops and malls between 25 March and 31 March. Later, the closure was extended to 4 April.
The association leaders said due to the general holiday, they had incurred losses of Tk 10.74 billion a day. They calculated the losses on average estimates sale of Tk 20,000 per store and an added 10 per cent.
The workers of the platform demanded that a fund of Tk 25 billion be created to assist them in overcoming the damage.