Karachi: The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) has rejected the decision of the federal government to close down marriage halls and restaurants in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic, a statement said
Talking to a delegation of the restaurants and banquet halls association, FPCCI President Mian Anjum Nisar said that marriage halls and restaurants were one of the essential food sectors and their closure would hit the overall economy of the country hard. He appreciated Prime Minister Imran Khan’s decision not to shut down factories and businesses, despite a spike in corona virus infections.
The food industry contributes largely to the GDP, and its closure would directly affect dozens of allied industries, including meat, poultry, rice, cooking oil, flour, fruits / vegetables, crockery, clothing, shoes, photography, wedding cards and jewellery, cosmetics, decoration, furniture, lighting, electronics, etc, he added. “The permission of outdoor gathering and wedding ceremonies is not a practicable idea, as it is not possible in winters,” he said, and suggested to allow indoor activities in marriage halls and banquets in limited capacity with strict implementation of SOPs.