Wednesday 8 July, 2020

Vending on Charlotte Street resumes from Thursday; new rules proposed

The Mayor of Port-of-Spain has announced that effective Thursday, the Charlotte Street Heritage Vending Programme will recommence.

This comes as the Charlotte Street Heritage Vending Association has proposed their Health and Safety protocols they plan to adopt once this occurs.

This includes social distancing practices, proper sanitization and the personal responsibility to wear masks. This falls under the regulations and guidelines published by the Ministry of Health. The Chairman of the Community Development Committee will meet with the County Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) to put these proposals forward for the council's approval.

Some of the Health and Safety protocols which were presented to minimize and prevent the spread of Covid-19 are:

1 Each vendor must occupy half the size of their original space. This would mean persons with vans now using tables instead to permit more space for the 6ft distancing

2 Vendors must wear masks when dealing with customers and only serve those wearing masks

3 Each vendor must have a bottle of hand sanitizer, as well as a five-gallon bottle of water and soap at their stalls

 4 Vendors must ensure that they only have five people at their stall at a time. They must ensure that they deal with customers as quickly as possible so to prevent overcrowding

 5 Vendors must begin to pack up their stalls by 5 pm to be closed by 6 pm daily

The Public Health Inspectors together with the Municipal Police will be actively engaged to ensure that all protocols are implemented.

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