This week, we are covering the cautious reopening of businesses in Mauritius
Mauritius lifted its state of emergency on Monday 15th 2020 of May and is relaxing its 10-week lockdown cautiously as from June 1st. Authorities are imposing a mandatory quarantine on travellers arriving by air to contain the spread of the pandemic.
BUSINESSES REOPENING, FADING VIRUS RISKS, THE COVID BILL AND NEW NORMS
Local authorities have remarkably handled the health crisis through drastic measures: temporary closure of supermarkets, curfew, police cordoning main roads, closure of schools and borders.
11 deaths and some 300 infected cases were reported. The stay alert message is still in force as this week, two new cases have been reported among the quarantined travellers.
The Covid bill details how the lifting of the lockdown as from June 1st 2020 operates.
Restrictions have been eased since May 15th, on some activities, including hairdressing and beauty salons, hardware shops and supermarkets, all accessible twice weekly based on the first letter of family name. Restaurants resurrect with pick-up and delivery orders. Sanitary measures apply. Face masks and hand sanitisers have become staples of everyday life and businesses.
REOPENING WORKPLACES SAFELY
Schools reopen on August 1st, an indication that the economy will fully reopen by then as parents become physically available and involved professionally in service, manufacturing and tourism sectors.
Businesses are re-evaluating their practices right now and some are rethinking their business models.
RECOVERY AND REBOOT
Balancing home life and work has been a new challenge for most Mauritians. They have shown quick adaptation to the situation and some have set up online platforms and a home delivery system during the crisis for their business to sustain.
We all witness that along with government’s support and the compliance with the new norms and innovation, it is possible to recover and reboot the economy safely.