DOMA wants 6am to 6pm curfew but Young believes it would pose a challenge for essential businesses

DOMA wants 6am to 6pm curfew but Young believes it would pose a challenge for essential businesses

President of the Downtown Owners Association (DOMA) Gregory Aboud is calling for a change in the current curfew time.

The curfew now starts at 9 p.m. and goes till 5 a.m. but Aboud wants that changed to 6 p.m to 6 a.m.

Aboud made the call while attending a virtual meeting with representatives of government and of the Chamber of Commerce, AMCHAM, Confederation of Business Chambers, Supermarket Association (SATT), T&T Coalition of Services Industries, T&T Contractors Association, Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers Association (TTMA) and Downtown Owners and Merchants Association (DOMA).

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However, Stuart Young, in his capacity as Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, who attended the meeting along with Trade Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon, said the suggestion of an earlier curfew time would be difficult as it would lead to groceries and pharmacies having to close doors at 4pm, in order for staff to get home before curfew.

Young also believes that an earlier time would also lead to a rush and a congregation of persons trying to make business closing time.

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