Amid the surge in Covid-19 cases in the country, industry bodies are considerate of how a plausible lockdown might affect various sectors and whether it is feasible or not. For the retail sector, the consensus is that the lockdown should be imposed only as the last resort.
Retailers Association of India (RAI) has said partial or total lockdown of retail businesses should only be considered as a last resort in case of extreme strain on healthcare infrastructure.
Asserting that ensuring economic health and continuity of employment is as important as saving lives, the retailers' body also said emphasis should be given on strict adherence to Covid appropriate behavior.
Highlighting the steps taken by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) which has adopted a new model of reporting by mentioning the number of asymptomatic patients, hospitalizations, oxygenated beds occupied, and the number of discharged patients on a daily basis, RAI said this is an accurate measure of the situation as it gives a realistic picture and avoids panic among citizens.
''We hope all states adopt this model and make decisions about restricting economic activity (based on) hospitalizations rather than the positivity rate,'' RAI stated.