Tuesday 7 July, 2020

Bar owners form association, want to restart business in Phase 4

KB's restaurant and bar. Photo courtesy their Facebook page.

KB's restaurant and bar. Photo courtesy their Facebook page.

The recently formed Bar Owners/Operators Association of Trinidad & Tobago (BOATT) is calling on the Prime Minister, Minister of Trade and the Minister of Health to include the bar industry in the 4th Phase of the easing of coronavirus restrictions.

In a statement on Friday, the BOATT said it is in the process of developing a COVID-19 policy for bar operations and is working with its membership to ensure compliance in time for opening.

“The BOATT wishes to point out that our sector was the first to be shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic and now due to the excellent management of the crisis by our Public Health Officials and the Ministry of Health resulting in the flattening of the curve, urgent consideration should be given to the reopening of our sector in line with the new normal,”

The BOATT has 156 member-bars with 884 employees. There are approximately 5000 bars across the country according to a 2017 Government estimate with a presumed 20,000 employees.

The association said it is taking into consideration these employees and their dependents amid the sector’s closure as around 80,000 people are directly impacted while an additional 20,000 small suppliers and service providers are indirectly affected.

The BOATT said it looks forward to engaging all the relevant stakeholders on the way forward and operating business during this critical period.

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