Taking a cue from shops and small businesses in several states going in for a self-imposed lockdown to break the COVID-19 infection chain, the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Goa Hotel & Restaurant Association and the CCP on Monday called for voluntary closure in the capital city until Sunday, May 9.
A joint statement issued by GCCI president Manoj M Caculo, GHRA president Gaurish Dhond and city mayor Rohit Monserrate appealed to all non-essential commodity traders, retail shops, business establishments and restaurants in Panaji city for voluntary closure.
The joint appeal urged all restaurateurs to offer only parcel service and delivery and not entertain dine-in customers even if they visit the restaurant.
Although there has been no fresh lockdown order by the state government, the appeal is in view of the COVID situation in the capital city deteriorating day by day and healthcare facilities collapsing.
“It is unfortunate that some people have let down their guard and are freely moving in and out of the capital city. Traders of non-essential commodities are also keeping their shops open irrespective of the footfall and noncompliance of COVID-appropriate behaviour,” the joint statement said.
Moreover, CCP staffers have been infected by the virus, stressing the civic administration. With the reduced manpower, it will have irreversible impact on the waste collection with the possibility of garbage collection coming to a standstill, the statement reckoned.
The statement asked the people to stay indoors, avoid uncalled for movement as this will contribute to contain the pandemic and give a relief to the stressed healthcare infrastructure.
“We are also working on war footing to create effective and efficient logistics and arrangements to organise vaccination drive and camps for Panjikars… We are confident that traders and business establishments of the capital city will honour this appeal and together will turn the tide,” Caculo said.
Businesses in several states such as Gujarat, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka have gone in for voluntary lockdown owing to the devastating second wave of the pandemic.