President of the T&T Hotels, Restaurants and Tourism Association, Hassel Thom said the shutdown has been a massive blow to the industry.
He said “There is no opportunity at all to generate any revenue seeing that they’ve also stopped itinerants and curb-side and deliveries. So there is no opportunity.”
However, Thom said that reducing the country’s current COVID numbers was more important.
He said “We must understand why we are doing it. The rapid rise in cases, I mean we are understanding, even though we know from an economic standpoint, you will still hope you would be given an opportunity. I think the Prime Minister was very very clear. I think the last press conference was one of his, in my opinion, better press conferences in sharing the information in actually speaking to the gravity of what’s happening.
He anticipates the lockdown could last well beyond the May 23 date.