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Mukesh Ramsingh

The Couva Point Lisas Chamber of Commerce (CPLCC) is calling on the Government to expand the number of Safe Zones to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Chamber president Mukesh Ramsingh, who spoke at a news conference yesterday, said “Since the lift of the state of emergency and the curfew, cases will be rising and has started to rise.

Safe Zones have been effective in bars and restaurants and it can be more effective, in decreasing the spread of the virus.

We would like to ask that this system start off small with banks, groceries, religious organisations and also public spaces.

We are hoping that eventually we can increase it to shopping malls and retail outlets.

Ramsingh also called for the reopening of the sporting sector through Safe Zones at sporting facilities.

He said, “We also hope people are encouraged to get vaccinated. We think the Safe Zones are the way to go if we do not want to go into another lockdown.”

Ramsingh said the creation of additional safe zones would not call for additional labour.

He said workers doing sanitisation and temperature checks can also check for vaccination cards.

Ramsingh said the call is not being made to segregate but to ensure choices are given.

“If you choose not to get vaccinated that means your choice is not to be in congregation, in a place where a lot of people can be,” he said.

Ramsingh said the non-vaccinated can make online purchases and curbside pick-ups.

He said, “We are just asking that the Safe Zones encourage more persons to get vaccinated so they can stay out of the ICU, and stay away from death.”

Ramsingh said a lot of people are still believing propaganda spread by conspiracy theorist.

“People have to understand the vaccine is not contagious but the is virus is contagious,” he added.

Ramsingh said he hoped that the Government can join with business chambers and other NGO’s to encourage more persons to get vaccinated.