We need to have a serious conversation about the way forward. We need to come up with an economically feasible “Lockdown Lite” to save the economy.
Let’s consider what the immediate future, after 16 April 2020, looks like.
The most important thing we need to do is to stimulate the economy as much as we can. After all, innovation and business growth come from entrepreneurs. If they cannot operate more freely, who will think of innovative ideas and make it happen?
Businesses that cannot operate from home, should be given permits to operate from their offices. While restrictions will still be necessary, and businesses will by no means flourish, this would at least provide an opportunity for them to survive.
While I am not suggesting we go back to a world before Covid-19, certain measures can be relaxed to save the economy. We still need to protect the elderly and the vulnerable, continue practising social distancing and ramp up education about Covid-19 and the importance of good personal health to prevent the spread of the virus.
We can make allowances for businesses and entrepreneurs to operate. Restaurants, for example, can be restricted to no more than 100 people at any given time. Travel can still be restricted (such as within cities or provinces) and curfews can still be imposed after office hours.
Businesses that can operate in isolation, or from the homes of business owners and employees, should continue to do so.