Stakeholders in the business sector are reacting positively to the new tighter restrictions announced by Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday.

In a statement, the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica, PSOJ, says it welcomes the approach taken by the government to implement what it calls a partial lock down around the holiday period to curb the spread of the COVID virus.

The PSOJ notes the measures will impact businesses.

But it says in light of the strain on the health system, it believes the intervention is necessary.

According to the PSOJ, the speed at which the economy recovers and returns to normalcy is dependent on people’s actions.

The PSOJ is urging everyone to adhere to the protocols aimed at limiting the spread of the virus.

Imega Breese McNab is Executive Director of the PSOJ.

Imega Breese McNab, Executive Director of the PSOJ.

In the meantime, President of the Micro, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Alliance, Donovan Wignall, says some of his members expected harsher measures.

He says business leaders are also excited about the government’s new E-Commerce National Delivery System, ENDS, to be launched this weekend.

The system will allow approved vendors in the quick service industry to register in order to operate beyond the curfew hours.

Donovan Wignall, President of Micro, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, Alliance.