Some civil society stakeholders are calling on the government to consider a fresh approach to its social safety net programme in light of the prevailing pandemic.

They’re also calls for sanctions and fines for individuals and businesses intent on flouting the public health regulations.

The stakeholders were addressing a Digital Media Briefing on Private Sector & Civil Society Response to COVID-19.

Neika Lewis reports.

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With only a few weeks before the resumption of school, some civil society groups and advocates are concerned about the challenges being faced amidst rising COVID-19 infections. Nadeen Spence is a Gender Advocate and a member of the Government’s COVID 19 Recovery Task Force.

President of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica, Keith Duncan notes that while some businesses have pivoted and remain viable the same is not true for some in the informal sector.

Meanwhile, President of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, Lloyd Distant Jr. says he’s also in support of his colleagues call for a revisit of the social security net.

He’s also calling on the policy makers to impose penalties and sanctions for individuals and companies flouting the public health orders.

Neika Lewis Nationwide News.