Owners of all the posh markets and shopping malls in Chattogram are not going to reopen their businesses before the Eid-ul-Fitr to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The market owners associations and business associations took the decision on Friday evening in a meeting held at the premises of Mimi Super Market Chattogram.
A total 11 market owners attended the meeting where they finalised that their giant shopping centres of Chattogram will remain shut till May 31.
On May 5, the government decided to allow supermarkets, shopping malls and shops reopen on March 10 on a limited scale and run the businesses until the Eid day aiming to facilitate the traders resuming their income to support their families.
Sanmar Ocean City and Finlay Square Shop Owners Association president Asad Iftekhar said that a total nine shopping centres would be kept shut before Eid.
These are Lucky Plaza, New Market, Sanmar Ocean City, Finlay Square, Afmi Plaza, Chittagong Shopping Complex, Kollol Super Market, Amin Centre, Central Plaza and Khulshi Concord Centre.
On Saturday, another meeting would be held where Teri bazaar, Tamakundi Lane, Akhteruzzaman Centre, UNESCO City Centre, Singapore Bangkok Market would give their decision, he said.
He said that, at first, they have no preparation to run shops at all. Secondly, it is impossible to maintain social distancing during Eid shopping. They have taken such decision for the sake of their own lives, staff and buyers.
Mimi Supermarket Merchants’ Association president Jakir Hossain said that if any employee of a market gets infected with coronavirus, the authority will have to immediately shut the whole market. In that case, the opening of market will not be ultimately beneficial of the shop owners.
Bangladesh Dokan Malik Samity Chattogram president Saleh Ahmed Solaiman said that they all decided that they would keep the markets and shopping centres shut till May 31.
But still a few shopping centres have not yet given their decisions.
Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Mahbubul Alam said that a meeting will be held between shop owners and Chattogram Metropolitan Police on Saturday about the overall decision.