The process of resuscitating the economy from the induced coma of a nationwide lockdown brought on a flurry of consultations between the government and a range of social partners, including business, labour, civic and religious bodies, before the level 3 regulations were gazetted.

This seems to have been intended, commendably, to avoid some of the more egregious absurdities that characterised level 4 — in which the trade & industry minister put in a cameo appearance as the fashion police...

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