President of the Downtown Owners and Merchants’ Association (DOMA), Gregory Aboud is calling for a more detailed explanation from the Ministry of Health, as to why the restaurants and food establishments are constantly being closed as a precautionary measure from Covid19.
Speaking to GML, Aboud said the Ministry of Health and the Government could advise where this recent surge of cases is coming from, and “is there any common denominator among the recent 300 infected”.
Aboud said “no one can quarrel about the closure of beaches, especially given the Carnival atmosphere and many major beaches on the North and East coast”.
But, he said what is “very worrying”, is that “while Covid-19 imposes a burden on citizens’ outlook and is damaging to people’s confidence about the future economic prospects, we are not seeing any policies on the economic front outside of Covid-19 that inspire any belief we are going to recover from the tremendous slowdown that we have been experiencing”.
He said “Too many decision-makers are ope¬rating in a vacuum, devoid of the input of critical stakeholders and with proven competence in matters relating to business and the economy. Many of these citizens are patriotic and concerned about the future of our country and it is high time that those in authority start to exhibit sensitivity and agility in the country’s affairs, outside of Covid-19, since this is desperately needed to change the country’s gloomy outlook being discussed in louder and louder whispers and which is being ignored by those who see every comment and every suggestion as some sort of ¬political mischief.”