AMCHAM T&T: Early re-start helps secure jobs and continue trade

The following is the official statement released by the American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago (AMCHAM T&T), in response to the Prime Minister’s announcement that Government was moving up the re-start date for several businesses from Saturday 24th May, to Thursday 21st May, 2020…

AMCHAM T&T RESPONSE TO PM’S UPDATE ON COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

The announcements today appear to follow the same principles enunciated by the Government since the initiation of the ‘lockdown’ period. We are glad to see health remaining the priority while additional businesses can be re-opened. We appreciate the acceptance of the principles that registered businesses in the form of registered taxis should be recognised for being compliant and the tangible acknowledgement that the state can find ways to directly assist businesses to weather the crisis.

We encourage all businesses and individuals to follow protocols to stop the spread of the virus. We look forward to more testing in the short term in the hope that there are no further cases of the virus locally so that we can start rebuilding the society and economy.

We are optimistic that businesses that can open will continue to implement the necessary safety controls to conduct business to prevent the spread of the virus. We have already seen many companies who were deemed essential during the lockdown period adopt these new measures and so we encourage businesses to continue these trends, particularly with hygiene protocols both for returning staff and customers, social distancing, and employee travel arrangements.

The slightly earlier re-opening of additional businesses will begin the slow process of kick-starting our economy by securing jobs for employees, continuing trade, and earning much needed foreign exchange. This will also assist the government to continue to provide the much-needed relief measures to assist citizens who are impacted by the ongoing effects of COVID-19.