The Barkeepers & Operators Association of Trinidad and Tobago, is today calling on the Prime Minister to assist 20,000 employees and 5,000 owners in the bar industry out of the current crisis due to COVID-19.
In a media release issued this afternoon, the association said “we are deeply concerned that the continued extensions of restrictions with no clear indication as to when we would return to some form of normalcy will only further exacerbate our financial strain.”
The association also said the industry has not been able to sustain operations and the day-to-day lives of their employees and owners.
They also claim they have been adversely affected more so now as businesses continue to shut their doors.
They also claim that the mental state and health of employees and owners continue to deteriorate with disorders of sever anxiety and chronic depression and the guiding light of a future.
“While this sector continues to be ridiculed and decimated, citizens are allowed to congregate at the beaches, roadways and pavements in droves, consume alcohol at free will with no health protocols being observed, whilst the bars which are licensed to consume alcohol and has implemented all the necessary health protocols remain deserted.”
Association said if the country continues along this path, they would be “forced down a slippery slope, steering towards an abyss of economic nothingness”