Amid the rising number of coronavirus cases in the country, the order of closure of malls and multiplexes across many top cities by the respective state governments to prevent people congregating for any reason has caused the organized retail scene in these cities to come to a grinding halt.
The top 8 main cities of India have 126 malls sprawling over more than 61 mn sq. ft. area and more than 100 malls have multiplexes attached. Wherever it has been mandated, there will, therefore, be a high number of establishments that need to shut down for operations. Even short-term closures will have significant financial implications.
However, what matters more is that these establishments attract massive footfalls. In a health crisis like the coronavirus pandemic, shutting them down can be a major step forward in terms of harm-prevention.