Pune, July 10, 2020: The Federation of Trade Association of Pune (FTAP) has written to Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and the District Administration appealing to the government not to impose any lockdown.
The letter has stated that the state was under lockdown from March 17, and the 116 days lockdown before reopening had already caused a lot of damage to the business. If there is further lockdown from July 13, the traders wrote, it will cause more damage to the businesses as they are reeling already under financial debts, and lockdown is not a solution.
The association has further requested the administration and government to allow all the shops to remain open on all seven days from 10 am to 7 pm. The letter further stated that if the traders are not following the rules of having a thermal scan, social distancing and wearing masks, strict action should be taken against them.
The District Administration, on Friday, has announced a strict lockdown for 10 days starting from midnight of July 13 to July 23. This decision was taken due to the increased number of COVID-19 patients in Pune as well as Pimpri Chinchwad area.