The operators of community bars are welcoming the phased reopening of their establishments.

Bars and other places of entertainment were ordered closed on March 18 as part of measures announced by the Government to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Proprietor & Operator of the “Megan Hot Spot” in South St. Elizabeth, Megan Brooks spoke with Abka Fitz-Henley and Danielle Archer on Nationwide this morning.

In South St. Elizabeth there’re hundreds of bars.

Bars represent a sizeable portion of how many Jamaicans earn a living.

According to Local Government Minister, Desmond McKenzie over 10-thousand bars are in Jamaica.

Miss Brooks says she’s willing to follow all the bar opening guidelines announced by the government.

Among the guidelines is the installation of a sanitization station at all bars.

Ahead of the May 19 reopening, Miss Brooks says she’ll be installing a hand wash station for her customers.

Megan Brooks, Proprietor & Operator of “Megan Hot Spot” in South St. Elizabeth.

She was speaking on Nationwide this morning.

Meanwhile, other operators of larger establishments with a bar are looking to see a more comprehensive roll out by the government.

Co-Principal of “JANGA’s Soundbar & Grill” in Kingston, Ron Youngsays he’s hoping the government will take into consideration that some bars due to their size are able to accommodate more than four people while maintaining social distancing.

The reopening protocol says only five people including the bartender should be in the establishment at any given time.

Ron Young, Co-Principal of “JANGA’s Soundbar & Grill” in Kingston.

General Manager of “The DECK” in Kingston, Richard Spence Jnr is also hoping for a more comprehensive approach.

Richard Spence Jnr, General Manager of “The DECK” in Kingston. They were speaking on Nationwide this morning.

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