On Thursday, vending will resume on Charlotte Street.
According to a release from the Port of Spain Corporation, the Charlotte Street Heritage Vending Association has proposed their health and safety protocols that all vendors would adopt when the programme resumes.
These include social distancing practices, proper sanitization and the personal responsibility to wear masks.
The Chairman of the Community Development Committee will meet with the County Medical Officer of Health to place the proposals forward for the council’s approval.
The health and safety protocols are as follows:
- 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
- Vendors must wear masks when dealing with customers and only serve those wearing masks
- Each vendor must have a bottle of hand sanitizer, as well as a five-gallon bottle of water and soap at their stalls
- 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
- Vendors must begin to pack up their stalls by 5:00pm each day to be closed by 6:00pm
The release said that Public Health Inspectors together with the Municipal Police will be actively engaged to ensure that all protocols are implemented.