Let lockdown spare economy

Restart all business activities in no time

Published : 04 Aug 2021 08:46 PM | Updated : 05 Aug 2021 01:09 AM

We think there is no alternative but to keep running the country’s economy at any cost amid Covid-19 pandemic.  As nobody knows exactly how long the coronavirus will last and when it will end, there is no reason to wait for getting back to normal life shutting all business activities down. 

Therefore, the complete nationwide shutdown should not be continued for long or indefinite period as it is leading to anger and frustration alongside immense financial strain. And now is the time for reopening all government and non-government offices and business activities to save the country from economic disaster.

A story published in this daily on Wednesday says Bangladesh should follow the development of the global resistance process, even though a large number of people in Europe and America do not care a damn for the virus as they are habituated to fighting the odds as they believe if business is stalled, the economy will be ruined. 

The government should reopen all government 

and non-government offices and business activities 

to save the country from economic disaster

Life cannot get normal and vibrant with a shattered economy. We appreciate the government’s decision to reopen the shops, shopping malls, business establishments and offices reopen from August 11. It is worth mentioning that the health ministry will vaccinate 10 million people within a week starting from August 7. 

Hence, we hope that when the 20-day blanket lockdown will be lifted after August 11 midnight, the gloomy cloud that covered the country’s economy will start disappearing and a new, bright sun will rise after the uncertainty caused by Covid-19 pandemic. 

Apart from all government and non-government offices, business, educational institutions, country’s tourist spots, hotels, motels, resorts, restaurants and private airlines remain closed due to the lockdown, leaving many people unemployed and vulnerable. Besides, all people ranging from farmers, day labourers, rickshaw pullers and small traders to industrialists are also struggling to survive due to frequent lockdown. 

Protecting people from getting infected with coronavirus and running wheels of economy simultaneously is a 'war' and we have to win it. We think our economic activities have to be kept running for the sake of lives and livelihoods instead of enforcing lockdown. And we all will have to keep ourselves protected and protect others as well and continue our respective jobs in order to maintain the country’s trend of growth.