Leader of the Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) David Abdulah, said the Prime Minister’s announcement of a return to business for the manufacturing and automobile sectors as of today, and limited restaurant services come next week is not good enough.
On Saturday, Dr Rowley announced that car dealerships and all manufacturing will reopen on Monday and that restaurants and other food establishments can reopen on July 19, but for takeout, deliveries, drive-thru’ and curbside pickup only. On the same day, people who want to engage in outdoor exercise will be allowed to do so, but only in numbers not exceeding five.
During his virtual media conference on Sunday, Abdulah said that although this is a positive step, it is not good enough.
He said hundreds of thousands of people in T&T have been suffering for over a year and accused the Government of being slow to respond to the concerns of people whose livelihoods have been affected because of Covid19.
Abdulah said government has to do something now, even if that meant withdrawing money from the Heritage and Stabilisation Fund.
He also spoke of the creation of a bio-tech centre in T&T.
According to Abdulah, government should consider holding discussions with the Cuban government about establishing a bio-tech centre in this country, which could manufacture vaccines to treat Covid19 and other illnesses, thus creating sustainable jobs locally and a new export stream.