Businesses ready to reopen in port city

After about two months, businesses are preparing to reopen in the port city Chattogram amid tight health safety measures to prevent further outbreak of Covid-19.

On Sunday morning the shopkeepers of the biggest cloth market in the region - Teri Bazar wholesale market and the surrounding retailers started to open their shops. The shopkeepers and employees were busy in sweeping, cleaning, assembling goods, disinfecting the floorand furniture.

Abdul Mannan, general secretary of Teri Bazar Businessmen's Association said, “There are more than 2,000 shops and showrooms in 72 markets. Chattogram becomes a potential hotspot for coronavirus infection. So as a precaution we have already informed all concerned to strictly follow the rules of hygiene and health safety.”

“Although not all showrooms are fully open yet, some are monitoring the situation,” said Abdul Mannan, adding, “We (Business men) also form a team to monitor the health safety guidelines including social distancing among shopkeepers, buyers, and many others who would visit the markets.”

Meanwhile, Reaz Uddin Bazar, one of the busiest wholesale markets for all types of products in Chottogram, was also found busy preparing to open business.

There are more than 13,000 shops in 110 markets, the office of 300 importers in the areas.  Around 50,000 people including buyers, shopkeepers, and employees visit Reazuddin Bazar in normal time.

Business leaders inform that nine disinfection gates have been installed to protect visitors to the markets from any possible contamination.

Khatunganj- Chaktai, one of the biggest wholesale markets also had busy looks preparing to reopen shops.

Mohammad Mohiuddin, General Secretary of the Chaktai-Khatunganj Warehouse and Business Association said that a limited number of shops had been instructed to open since last Thursday.

According to traders, the supply of consumer goods was normal as the unloading of goods was normal at the Chottogram port during the lockdown. Now with the introduction of public transport, the supply of goods will become more normal again.