The government of Karnataka has permitted all shops, malls and restaurants in the state employing more than 10 persons, to remain open for 24X7 on all days of the year for three years. “The provision of operating 24x7 is a win-win for all consumers, businesses and the government. This step will not only help the retail industry recover faster from the loss of business due to the pandemic., but will also provide consumers with the flexibility to shop as per their convenience,” said Kumar Rajagopalan, CEO, Retailers Association of India.
Despite economic activities picking momentum, recovery for retail businesses will need unconventional solutions and government support. At this juncture, all efforts are required to boost the local economy and help revive retail, saving millions of jobs. ''Longer operational hours will also help in adhering to social distancing norms. Opening of retail 24X7 will give a boost to tourism in the state and will help create jobs.” Rajagopalan further added.