Weekend Lockdowns Should Be The New Normal

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Weekend Lockdowns Should Be The New Normal

Sidharth Bedi Varma | July 25, 2020 18:38 hrs


We agree that the post COVID world will require us to be extremely adaptive to change. The masks, the sanitizers, and the Namaste are all a part of what we call ‘the new normal.’
 

However, in the case of Guwahati, there’s a weekend lockdown in place, at least for the time being. But this brings to light a culture that is yet to make its way into this city or this region. Most advanced countries in the west such as the US or Europe or even in far-east Australia, weekends are considered a ‘lockdown from work.’


Corporate offices, agencies, service providers tend to remain offline and reply with a generic, “Out of Office/ let’s connect on Monday” message.
 

While there are a lot of arguments why this could or could not work for Guwahati or other Tier-II cities, I think this presents an opportunity, and cities like Guwahati could adapt to this change.


Service providers stay open on weekends because the clients stay open. More so because there is someone more hungry and willing to work the weekend at lower rates. As long as this continues, entrepreneurs will continue to be insecure about losing out work, and thus, people work six (tired) days a week instead of five (productive) days.


To reemphasize, there would be a lot of factors to consider, but this could be something that entrepreneurs and business owners in the post-COVID times may consider adapting to. Let’s look at improving the quality of working days instead of stretching out the week in hopes of getting something more done.


Although news, media, healthcare, police, and other essential services would not fall into this, modifications to their working days would go a long way in improving productivity and lifestyle.


Our weekends would also include Instagram posts of detox drinks, kale salad, and brunches.

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