The bar industry said it has been through ‘tremendous turmoil’ since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.
In a release issued this evening the Barkeepers and Owners Association said “we have been faced with full closures for over five (5) months and severe restrictions for over ten (10) months, but we held our own and bore the burden for Trinidad and Tobago as we battle this dreaded virus.”
The Barkeepers & Operators Association of Trinidad and Tobago (BOATT) said it appreciates the attempt made by the Trinidad and Tobago Coalition of Bars & Restaurants in their recent stance.
The BOATT said it “will support any individual or group that has the same shared love, passion and affection for the bar industry as we do.”
“We prided ourselves in uniting the industry and the entire business community by forging collaborations with various business chambers, associations and independent individuals and will continue to do so by creating proactive recommendations to assist government in its decision-making process when it comes to the restriction of normal business activity.
“The Barkeepers & Operators Association of Trinidad and Tobago (BOATT) would like to make it categorically clear that we are not a political party, nor do we support any one political party, we are here to advance and transform the bar industry to be on par with world standards.”
“We are willing to work with and support all stakeholders operating within the industry who share our goals and ideas and will channel formed initiatives towards the government for discussions and implementation, we can only achieve this by teamwork, proper consultation and an unbiased equitable decision-making process.”