The Sindh government has prepared a collection of SOPs to reopen 13 types of businesses in Karachi, following suggestions from businessmen and traders.
It was agreed at a meeting at the commissioner’s office that each business sector would be permitted to operate for a limited number of days in a week.
Cloth markets, tailors, the automobile industry, mechanics and car parts will be open for two days. Sellers of furniture will also be allowed to have two days to work.
The electronic and smartphone markets will also be available for two days.
At the other side, there will be five days a week opening of poultry shops and grocers.
Also bakeries, milk shops, and medical shops will be permitted to remain open all week according to the law.
Shops that sell construction materials were placed in a separate group.
Former Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry president AQ Khalil proposed that the city’s wholesale and retail markets be opened in two phases.
The recommendations were forwarded to Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah. These would then be forwarded to the federal government for a final look if accepted.
The city’s markets had been closed after the country’s number of coronavirus cases spiked. Businessmen and traders have asked the government to allow them to resume business so they can earn a living.