Shops and departmental shops will stay open on Wednesday despite the day being Vanigar Dhinam, which is a vacation yearly.
A.M. Vikramaraja, president, Tamil Nadu Vanigar Sangagalin Peramaippu, stated this was to make sure that customers purchase important items earlier than the May 6 restrictions come into impact.
He stated on May 5, packs containing provisions would be distributed to these working saloons, flower distributors and dhobis to assist them tide over the present scenario.
A dealer stated most kirana shops would maintain shares for less than three days to every week.
“They will not have bigger packs since they do not have large storage spaces. If supermarkets are shut down, there will be a shortage of goods, like biscuits, almost immediately,” he stated.
Another dealer stated the early begin of 6 a.m. might be pushed to 7 a.m. and the closing time might be 1 p.m. as many individuals don’t go to outlets as early as 6 a.m., with colleges remaining closed.
P.M. Ganeshraam, State president, Tamil Nadu FMCG Distributors’ Association, stated the federal government might allow merchants to fill up until about 3 p.m. after the day’s gross sales are over.
“This will help in restocking goods and prevent panic buying. Some goods are replenished every three days, some every week, some once in 15 days and so on,” he defined.
Consumer activist T. Sadagopan stated the federal government ought to have learnt its classes from final 12 months’s lockdown and introduced in time restrictions accordingly.
“They have stopped short of calling it a lockdown. It can even distribute free provisions to affected families through the public distribution system,” he stated.