TEHRAN, Iran, July 20
Iran may close more businesses, if the coronavirus situation worsen, said the head of Tehran Guild Chamber.
"Some businesses have been closed for a week now due to the coronavirus infection; if the situation improves they will resume their work, but if not, more businesses will be closed," said Qasem Noudeh-Farahani, Trend reports citing ILNA.
Against the backdrop of growing coronavirus mortality rate and the second wave of COVID-19 spreading across the country, Iran has closed businesses for a week from July 14.
"The National Headquarter to Fight Coronavirus has agreed during its latest meeting to send inspectors to monitor the implementation of health protocols in busy places such as shopping malls," Noudeh-Farahani said.
"Wearing mask should be mandatory in all shopping centers since there is a high risk of infection in places with large gathering. If these businesses ignore the rules, they will be given notice and prosecuted; if they continue to violate instruction, they will be shut down," he added.
"There should be plans to adapt to live with the coronavirus since we don't know when it would be over," said the head of chamber.
"Around 80 percent of businesses in Iran were affected by the coronavirus spread, only 12 percent of them have received loans from the government to compensate the economic loss," he noted.