Coronavirus restrictions put a damper on Erode Gani market sales
The spike in COVID-19 instances and restrictions laid down by the State authorities to forestall unfold of the novel coronavirus have led to outlets witnessing poor sales on the E.K.M. Abdul Gani Textile Market (Gani Market) right here on Tuesday.
The market is visited by retailers from throughout the State as 740 outlets operate from Monday night to Tuesday night time whereas 320 outlets operate on all days. Brisk enterprise is often witnessed earlier than competition seasons as retailers buy clothes and different textile gadgets in giant portions and promote them at retail charges in varied districts.
Due to the unfold of virus, the Corporation banned the functioning of weekly outlets as retailers from different districts would go to in giant numbers. K. Selvaraj, president, Erode Gani Market Weekly Textile Trader’s Association mentioned that closure of retailers impacts shopkeepers, retailers, automobile operators and loadmen as all of them have misplaced their livelihood. He mentioned that standard enterprise is but to be restored after final yr’s lockdown and shutting the outlets once more is inflicting big losses to them.
Though each day outlets functioned as normal, sales had been very low as solely a few clients visited the outlets and made purchases. “The spike in cases in the past four days is causing panic among the people who are postponing their purchases”, mentioned a dealer. Also, the night time curfew, concern of crowds and new restrictions are forcing folks to remain indoors, the dealer added. “Less than 20% sales took place on Tuesday,” a dealer mentioned.
Shopkeepers mentioned that they concern that the worst is but to come back which will probably be within the type of a whole lockdown and needed help from the federal government to beat the loss.