Yet another day has passed but the coronavirus outbreak doesn't seem to be slowing down at all. Spread across various countries and affecting millions of people, the illness was recently deemed a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO). In lieu of everything that has been happening the government ordered strict instructions to people which included self-quarantine and social distancing.
Due to this, multiple organisations have either suspended their services or have asked their employees to work from home and the fashion industry is the latest to employ these measures. Indian fashion designers Manish Malhotra and Tarun Tahiliani are suspending their operations until further notice.
On Friday, Manish Malhotra issued a statement that read, “At Manish Malhotra, we are doing everything we can, to restrict the spread of COVID-19 in the country. Understanding our priority to ensure the health of our employees, clients, and our nation, we are temporarily discontinuing our operations from 20th March, 5 pm onwards until further notice.”
Tarun Tahiliani also issued a statement and said, “Having watched the exponential spread of the COVID-19 and the resultant human toll, we are thinking about the most obvious things to do: to look out for each other, prevent the further spread that may result in a lockdown, and most importantly look after the welfare of people in our respective eco-systems who may not be lucky enough to have safety nets.”
He further mentioned, “Our factory has been closed for the past few days and it will remain so till March 31 so our employees and artisans can stay safe at home. From March 20, we have also decided to close our stores across all cities until further notice.”
Stay tuned for more updates.