The Barkeepers and Operators Association of Trinidad and Tobago endorses the calls by the business community for the continued reopening of businesses with full adherence to the 3 W’s and special emphasis and attention on vaccinated individuals.
It says the bar industry has been closed for over one hundred and twenty-four days which started on April 30, 2021.
In a media release Tuesday afternoon, the association said that’s how long individuals operating within the industry have gone without a salary and without an opportunity to earn.
It says people have been surviving by utilizing all their savings and has now turned to donations in the form of food hampers from good samaritans and other business entities.
The BOATT said it is highly optimistic the industry would be allowed a partial opening in the coming week.
It said a proposal was sent to both the Prime Minister and Minister of Health proposing September 6th, 2021 as the start of a phased reopening process, the first being a Take-Away service option only.
The group said recent statements made by the Prime Minister indicated that government was concerned about the socializing aspect that bars encourage but did not have an issue with citizens purchasing alcohol to consume at home.
The group said one hundred percent of its registered membership has been vaccinated against COVID-19.