The Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce is urging all citizens to comply with all public health and safety protocols issued by the Health Ministry, as another phase of reopening of business activity begins.

In a release, the Chamber also reminds citizens that in order to reduce the risk of a second wave of COVID-19 infections, it is critical that everyone adhere to the policy of wearing a mask while out and about.

The full text of the T&T Chamber’s statement, follows…

WE HAVE SAVED LIVES, NOW IT’S TIME TO FOCUS IN LIVELIHOODS

The Trinidad & Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce (The Chamber) commends the Government for its handling of the COVID-19 outbreak, the containment of the virus has been, as the Prime Minister quoted, “Equal To Any And Better Than Many”. The Government’s actions have undisputedly saved lives and now it is time to focus on livelihoods responsibly.

The Chamber is satisfied with this next phase which was brought forward. Monday June 1st signals the return to a more sustainable economic landscape and much relief for many businesses.

The Chamber implores the business community to diligently follow the public health and safety protocols as advised by the Ministry of Health.

The responsible actions of all concerned will minimise the risk of a second wave occurring. The T&T Chamber supports the T&T Police Service’s role in enforcing the policies. It is critical we all comply to the No Mask, No Service policy, this will keep our employees and customers safe, as well as ensure that the other phases are brought forward earlier.

In an effort to further support the Government and our members, The Chamber recently launched a new COVID-19 Information Resources page on its website. It is a collection of official local, regional and International documents and we encourage persons to visit https://chamber.org.tt/covid-19-resources.

The Chamber will continue to work with the Government and the businesses community to successfully navigate this new economic environment.