80pc of Nadi businesses closed

Empty streets of Nadi town. Picture: BALJEET SINGH/FILE

ABOUT 80 per cent of businesses have closed down in Nadi.

This according to the president of the Nadi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI), Dr Ram Raju.

“The public transportation is at a standstill thus fewer people are seen in business zones such as Nadi Town, Martintar and Namaka in terms of trade,” he said.

Dr Raju said general practitioners and pharmacists were also reporting businesses at a low ebb which could be down by 60 per cent or more.

“Supermarkets are open, however, we do not see crowds at the entrances.

“Hardships are likely to be felt across the society if the lockdown and restrictions continue,” he said.

He acknowledged the efforts of the Health Ministry in trying to contain the spread of the virus.

“I am sure the temporary setback will be overcome in due course, however, it is difficult to predict a time frame.”

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