Chennai: The Consumer Electronics and Home Appliances Dealers Association (CEHA) of Tamil Nadu has written to the Chief Secretary, Govt of Tamil Nadu seeking intervention and putting forward a few suggestions on the order which restricts the big format stores measuring beyond 3000 sq feet showroom space from opening for business to control the spread of Covid 19.
The letter dated 29th April read, Though the order has been issued with the mentioned good intentions, We have certain suggestions to avoid the unintended consequences which we bring to your kind notice as follows.
The letter further read, “We are in the trade of Consumer Electronics and Home Appliances wherein even in a big store above this 3000 sq feet space, there are not more than 10 to 20 customers even in the best of times at any point of time, since we sell all sorts of high-end Consumer Durable products.”.
The letter further stated, “As against this when these big stores are closed; naturally, those who want to buy these products are being forced to crowd in small stores which doesn’t have enough space and as such the customers or the shopkeepers are not in a position to maintain the required Covid protocols like Social Distance and other hygienes, leading to the discomfort among the customers as this could lead to higher chances of the Covid spread”.
The association assured that they will operate the stores with only 50% staff and shall not allow more than 10 customers at any point in time, even in the big stores
The letter further requested the Chief Secretary to open big space stores to give a sense of security and comfort to the customers serving them and the society at large better following all the necessary Covid protocols.