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Smart Moves For Travelling In Times of Coronavirus

Most countries around the world allow foreigners to go home before locking down international flights in their area

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The coronavirus is a global pandemic, and governments all over the world are urging its citizens to stay home to help contain the spread of the virus.  Pixabay

With travel restrictions in place around the world, this isn’t really the best time for anyone to travel. But for businessmen and other people that need to travel because of urgency, it can be a hard time to adjust with all the additional requirements in place. The coronavirus is a global pandemic, and governments all over the world are urging its citizens to stay home to help contain the spread of the virus. 

But fret not, you are in the right article as we’ve collated a comprehensive list of the smartest moves you can do in this time of a virus scare. Tread with caution, though, as most localities around the world have imposed their own travel bans, so read up on the specific laws on the place you’re going to visit first so that you have a proper idea of what to expect.

As much as possible, restrict your travels within your country. And always bring a watch with you.

If your business is country-wide, then the odds are in your favor. Most countries on lockdown don’t restrict travel inside their own country. But there are still localities that have erected their own travel bans, so be wary of that. Always bring a wristwatch with you in times like this so you don’t have to look at your phone all the time.

Bringing a wristwatch will keep you on-time and up to date with your departures and arrivals. Two timezone watches like the Oris Big Crown ProPilot Worldtimer are a great choice because when you are in a country with different time zones, the watch automatically adjusts when you land. This is very important in order for you to know what you have missed and the local restrictions which may be in place in a few hours or so.

Postpone travel to China, Italy, and Iran

China, Italy, and Iran are the three countries that have the most number of cases from the virus. South Korea is up there too, but the country has since developed a system that contained the virus and lowered the number of daily fatalities and confirmed cases. As much as possible, don’t travel to the three countries above yet.

While other parts of China are now open to international travel, and if you have an urgent business within the country, you should postpone it at a later date. Next month or the next two weeks, at the most. If you don’t have the authority to do it, then ask your superiors for a compromise. If you are traveling to Europe, make sure you know the travel restrictions on the specific country you’re going to.

Always carry alcohol with you

While washing with soap and water is still the best option to prevent and stop the spread of the virus, you can’t always have a ready sink for you to wash your hands on. So stock up on alcohol. Every now and then, spray your hands with it and make sure you sanitize everything you touch. In this day and age, it’s better safe than being exposed to the virus.

Get the ones with at least 70% alcohol. To be more secure, always have a spare with you at all times. Don’t forget to put them in 100ml bottles so you won’t have trouble in airports. If you’re traveling by land, better bring with you larger bottles. Since you can’t hoard on this item anymore, try to at least get one every other day in your nearest supermarket.

If you need to travel overseas, make sure to outfit yourself with the right information

Knowledge is power. This is more relevant now more than ever. If you can’t avoid traveling overseas, you’ll need all the right information on your flights, as well as the country you’re going to in order to prevent yourself from contracting the virus. Prevention is always better than cure, so if you have access to a 3-ply mask, buy some, and use it. Especially when you’re in the airport and inside the plane.

You’ll never know the history of the people you’ll be traveling with, and the virus is said to be airborne on cramped and regulated spaces. Sure, airlines will do their parts in making sure the air inside the cabins are sterilized, as well as the chairs and whatnot, but you can never be too confident. 

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The coronavirus is a global pandemic, and governments all over the world are urging its citizens to stay home to help contain the spread of the virus. Pixabay

If you a foreigner and wants to go home, you can do so 

Most countries around the world allow foreigners to go home before locking down international flights in their area. If you are in Asia or Italy, the restrictions will be more severe. Check out the local government’s decisions before purchasing a ticket. 

But if you’re in the middle of a locked-down country, it’s better to stay put. Wait until the travel bans are lifted. At most, it’s going to be a month-long wait. Some international flights are even allowed after the 14-day community quarantine periods. Most European nations are still accepting international flights with fewer restrictions, and the United States of America has also called on their citizens abroad that they’ll be accommodated once they decide to come home.

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Takeaway

Since the world is still at the mercy of the coronavirus and scientists worldwide are still looking to develop a vaccine and a cure, the best course of action is still to stay at home whenever you can. But when it’s not a choice for you, then you’ll need to always be mindful of the places that you expose yourself to. 

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Find Out How COVID-19 Has a Negative Impact on the Fashion Industry

Coronavirus ripping through the cycle of fashion

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The designers and the fashion industry are in a dilemma as to whether they should hold on to working force or to let them go. IANS

While the tourism industry might be the hardest hit, as is the airlines and hospitality industries, the impact of COVID-19 will effect the world economy in entirety. IANSlife spoke with FDCI Chairman, Sunil Sethi, to find out how the lockdown and the closing of international borders will stress the fashion industry, and the staggering repercussions it will have on business.

“It’s going to hit us harder than we can imagine. There are going to be no sales as all retail stores are shut, export orders can not be fulfilled due to the lockdown and airlines cannot accept goods, letters of credit may expire, factories being shut orders cannot be completed, so I’m dreading the impact and the fallout this is going to have,” states Sethi

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FDCI Chairman, Sunil Sethi tells how the lockdown and the closing of international borders will stress the fashion industry, and the staggering repercussions it will have on business. IANS

But 21 days isn’t the end of the road is it? Everyone knows this is just the beginning, and does the fashion industry have the resilience to power through the uncertainty? “It is a time of of gloom and doom. The designers and the fashion industry are in a dilemma as to whether they should hold on to working force or to let them go. If they hold on to them, then their resources will be depleted within just a few months. So the bravado of retaining and paying is limited to people who have deep pockets. This becomes unsustainable and irrelevant when we speak of new and young designers and the not very affluent designers. Should they choose to let go of them it will be a tough choice as I believe the Indian fashion designers work with a conscience and with good ethics, almost all of them believe in them that the workers and labour force should no face further difficulties or harm. I can speak for my fraternity and say that no one wants the people associated be it weavers, karigars, o all the people associated in the process to be harmed. So the dilemma, you can’t let them go and if you don’t then your own funds will be depleted, making it difficult to revive the business or suffer the losses,” asserts the stalwart of the fashion fraternity.

However, we cannot but underline that at the moment the question of an end date to the lockdown or the impact cannot be ascertained. There is no guarantee that there is going to be a rainbow at the end of the road. Can we say for certain that the customer’s mood will be inclined to buying or they will have the finances to indulge in retail therapy? The expert feels that,

“It is a myth that people say that after a period of slowdown there is surge in retail and that one can indulge and pamper themselves with luxury spending. The industry is going to be at the buyer’s mercy. But I know we are resilient lot; we have tided over rent hikes, tax hikes, GST, and in times of other calamities where sales are low we have powered through. The fashion industry has always bounced back. In this case we are not only hoping against hope, but counting on each one of us to power though, stronger together. This too shall pass.”

The FDCI would like to come up with a solution to help the industry get back on its feet in the aftermath of a prolonged crisis. But without assistance from the government this may be an uphill task. The chief of the industry expresses his concerns stating,

“Unless the government enforces some thing or initiates some scheme of a relief. Rents are at an all time peak, if all designers created a lobby and approached organisations to give them at least this relief it would be a great help. But this only works in situations like malls or shopping destinations, it will not benefit designers who have flagship stores, and dealing with individual landlords will be tough.”

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In the past year a lot of the focus on the fashion industry has been negative, in the sense that it has been established it is one of the biggest polluters in the world. IANS

With the industry on hold across the globe, business have stocked up for the upcoming summer season, which will go to waste if borders remain shut and a global lockdown continues. In the past year a lot of the focus on the fashion industry has been negative, in the sense that it has been established it is one of the biggest polluters in the world. Looking at the bigger picture, what of the environmental impact when all this production gearing up for summer will end up for naught.

The veteran mulling over the question feels, “the export market it seems will be in a bad situation because of the cycle — buyers in international market, fashion weeks and their buying schedule orders are placed three to four months in advance to meet the season, so a delay of three months due to Coronavirus will certainly spill to end of the season. But incase, as some over positive people are saying that they will manage to get sorted in two weeks in other countries, then if it gets resolved in a month or so there is scope for goods to be exported. But any delay of three months will be end of the season, the goods are not saleable so obviously the buying houses will not accept the goods in the first place. Are the international stores in a position to open, advertise and get their customers to buy? Will the mood of the consumer be to spend; this is viscous circle of the international trade. However, stores abroad cannot function without stocks and goods.”

But what of the domestic market, is the outlook as pessimistic so can we hope against hope for a silver lining. “I’m hoping as soon as the lockdown is removes the Indian fashion designer is able to produce, pack and ship out their stock, albeit it will be a few weeks late, but still it will help. But when it comes to the domestic market in most cities unless it’s the peak of winter or the peak of ceremonial season, like Diwali, before that time there is still ample scope to send goods for the season; it may be called an extended season. Whatever the Indian fashion designers have made they will see to it that the trends continue till ceremonial buying starts in October. We have a long time to absorb Indian merchandise, if the fraternity has to survive they should focus on that. Not everything is lost, there are still windows of opportunities and I wish that we are able to take advantage of these windows.”

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Last and certainly not the least as the apex body of fashion in the country, what measures will the FDCI take to help through this time of trial.

“We are bit hampered with the lockdown, but we certainly want to create a Fund by which we can come to the help of the actual fashion designer who may really need our support. I don’t know how much we will be able to help out, I already have two veteran designers who without my bringing it up have volunteered to contribute and I hope others who can step up to the plate to help out. The FDCI board is with me on this and we are going to try and do our bit to whatever extent we can, and let’s hope we can make this a reality,” replies Sethi.

While no one can predict the damage a prolonged lock down and sealing of international and domestic borders will cause, it is yet to be seen if the aftermath will be one that the fashion industry and the world will be able to absorb or not. (IANS)