By Leoul

As you might have heard, the ban on full taxis has been lifted. Taxis, busses, and even privately owned cars were limited to half their full capacity to limit the spread of COVID19 in Ethiopia. The cost of this was passed down to passengers. This also effectively halved the availability of public transportation in the country.

Commuters will be happy to know the cost of transportation just halved overnight and the availability of public transportation just doubled.

Mobility became the enemy. #StayHome, #StaySafe. All countries have struggled to balance public health with a healthy economy. Many small businesses have permanently shut down. Though there was no official lockdown in Ethiopia, those who could afford to stay home did. Many service sector workers even developed a taste for remote work. With the increased pace of digitization, remote work will be something to keep an eye on.

These measures are now being winded down. Commuters will be happy to know the cost of transportation just halved overnight and the availability of public transportation just doubled. The long waiting lines during rush hour are going to go back to normal as well.

The lift on the ban is great news for the economy. Businesses are eager to recover as quickly as possible. Keep in mind: more mobility – and a little more spending money in consumers’ pockets – is an excellent catalyst for recovery.

However, with the pandemic lingering, seeing minibuses full again will be concerning for many.

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