The Ministry of Trade and Industry has assured the business community that the new health ordinance was done to “preserve the health and safety of their customer base, employees and by extension citizens of Trinidad and Tobago”.
This follows government’s recent decision to suspend the operations of certain businesses in a bit to stem the rising COVID-19 infections.
The new measures, which came into effect last Friday, include the closure of malls, restaurants, bars, cinemas, casinos, beauty salons and spas, gyms and fitness centres until May 23.
The ministry said it acknowledged the sacrifice of the private sector, especially medium, small and micro enterprises in the last 13 months, but reminded that several sectors remain open for business.
It advised the sectors that were forced to close to utilise alternative means to ensure their sustainability, including and to explore e-commerce options.
The ministry also said all businesses must see it as their solemn responsibility to strictly observe the public health guidelines to ensure the health and safety of employees and customers.