Only a couple of days after garment owners opened factories, shop owners of the country now seek the government permission to resume their business from May 1.
In an application on Monday, Bangladesh Shop Owners Association requested the commerce ministry to allow them to open markets, wholesale and retail shops as they have already faced a huge loss due to the nationwide shutdown.
Mohammad Helal Uddin, president of the association, confirmed it to The Business Standard.
"We were ready to face this loss for the nation's sake. But recently we saw a meeting with FBCCI decided to open industries, which came into effect on April 26. Even the largest wholesale market of Baburhat in Narsingdi has been opened," said Helal.
"We request the government to consider our conditions and allow us to open shops from May 1 during 10am to 4pm. We will run our business after abiding by all health rules and regulations," he added.