Anuja Pokharel, a wholesale dealer of mobile accessories in New Road proclaimed, “We patiently supported the government by following lockdown rules for more than two months. However, the government has not come up with a plan to ease restrictions and let economic activities resume gradually as done by other countries. She added that she was following social distancing rules at the shop.”
People working at Durbar Marg also decided that they will gradually resume operation from tomorrow. Rajesh Shrestha, first vice-president of the board, said, “Though we had repeatedly urged the government to change the modality of the lockdown and allow businesses to operate, the government has done nothing on that front. We have to restart our services to ensure sustainability of our lives and businesses.”
Moreover, it was also been noticed that the streets which were all empty are now witnessing jams by movement of people and vehicles in the recent days. Besides, retail shops like convenience and department stores and other retail outlets in Jorpati, Chabahil, Gaushala, New Baneshwor, New Road and Ason have already been resumed for business in Kathmandu since early this morning.
As per Anjan Shakya, general secretary of the Trade and Commerce of Nepal decision, operation of shops and other businesses across the country will allowed until 11:00am every day from tomorrow with taking all necessary measures for COVID-19. And if government decides to stop their operation, it should be responsible for financial liabilities of traders/ shopkeepers, including bank loan, rent and taxes.
Though the government has repeatedly saying that discussion is underway to change the norms of the lockdown and allow economic activities to resume gradually but no step has been seen so far.