The business community in at least two parishes in Western Jamaica have once again expressed concerns with the no-movement days claiming it’s causing undue hardships on businesses and individuals alike.
The Montego Bay and Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce and Industries are of the view that the regulations may not have the desired impact due to overcrowding and last-minute shopping before and post lockdown.
Janet Silvera is the President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The Government extended the no-movement days for another two weeks, in a bid to curb the surge in COVID cases.
The Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce and Industry in a release stated that the overcrowding that transpires on the days prior and post lockdown are unacceptable.
It was a similar view shared by Ms. Silvera.
Janet Silvera, President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Meanwhile, President of the Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Moses Chybar, said adjustments should be made to allow for shopping with less congestion, as well as to allow business owners to earn even at reduced income.
He suggested that supermarkets and grocery shops be allowed to open at 6AM daily, to allow persons to shop before they report for work.
Moses Chybar, President of the Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Efforts to reach the President of the Hanover Chamber of Commerce, Garey Whittaker, were unsuccessful.