Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh says Government’s decision to reopen restaurants in the first phase of the reopening plan was not aimed at benefitting big businesses.
Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley announced on Saturday that restaurants and roadside vendors would be able to operate until 8pm with no dine-in services at the locations as part of the phased reopening plan, following weeks of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.
Some on social media have criticised the move saying it was a measure meant only to benefit a few.
However, speaking at yesterday’s COVID-19 news conference Minister Deyalsingh said this is not true. He listed various small businesses that would benefit from the measure including doubles, nuts and pie vendors as well as small restaurants. He also noted that big businesses employ thousands of people.
Over the weekend, Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar, in particular, called on the Prime Minister to open up small businesses and the manufacturing sector to stimulate economic growth.
Several business chambers also expressed disappointment with the conservative reopening, saying many businesses were still not allowed to operate.