Traders in Kozhikode unable to open shops as authorities enforce more Covid curbs
Kozhikode: Traders are facing more hurdles when they try to open shops to survive during the lockdown period. Apart from the already enforced Covid curbs, they are compelled to follow the guidelines issued by the District Disaster Management Authority too.
Even small shops are unable to open due to this. It has been directed that the staff in shops must get at least one dose of Covid vaccine or produce RT-PCR or antigen test result obtained within a month. The police officers have started checking shops to see if the guidelines are followed.
The district administration has directed all police stations to ensure that the rules are not violated. A special list should be prepared to see if the shops follow the guidelines. The police shut some shops after finding that they failed to follow the protocols.
Though the shopkeepers and staff are willing to take vaccine, the shortage of vaccine has affected their moves. They have to pay for the vaccine in private hospitals. But the vendors are struggling to pay even the rent of showrooms and the electricity bills.
Meanwhile, Kerala Vyapari Vyavasayi Ekopana Samithi (KVVES) state president T Nazirudeen demanded that the government should step back from the move to forcefully shut shops until the vaccine is available aplenty. He added that the traders should be given priority for vaccination.
Deputy Collector N Ramla said they have no option other than enforcing the instructions of the Disaster Management Authority as the Covid cases keep increasing. The merchants should have at least test results. The police will ensure that the rules are followed, she added.