A view of a section of Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook on Monday night.

The Barkeepers and Operators Association of Trinidad and Tobago (BOATT) is pleading with the Prime Minister to return the bar sector to some sense of normalcy from Monday as the 28 days restrictions come to an end.

“Whilst we were allowed to open with a grab and go system, this system was not feasible to sustain our businesses. More than 60% of the bars opted to remain closed during this period due to high overheads,” BOATT said in a statement Thursday.

It added: “Throughout the period from March to present day, the industry faced numerous challenges, due to the global pandemic. Much of our demographic have faced copious amounts of grief and misfortune, foreclosure, unemployment, eviction and bankruptcy. Numerous bars have had to shut their doors for good during this pandemic period.”

The Association said it understands the seriousness of the present situation faced here at home and around the world but said they believe that further closure and restrictions to businesses is not the answer but in fact proper adherence and enforcement of the health protocols and guidelines are necessary to adapt to the new normal.

“We are hopeful that the Prime Minister address on Saturday will bring some sense of normalcy back to bar owners, staff and families as we have been one of, if not, the hardest hit sector during this very difficult period,” BOATT said.