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News Report: Private Sector Hails Curfew's Push Back

by Youri Kemp - Tribune News - 03 December 2020

The Chamber of Commerce's chairman yesterday said the easing of night-time COVID-19 curfews will enable businesses to properly serve customers as the economy moves into the Christmas season.

Khrystle Rutherford-Ferguson told Tribune Business in a statement: “With businesses still reeling from the impacts of COVID-19, and the holidays upon us, the further loosening of restrictions by extending the curfew to 10pm means that the business community will be able to operate longer hours and service their customers in a manner that will not encourage crowding.

“The BCCEC (Chamber) welcomes any opportunity for businesses to operate in a way that will meet the demands of the consumer. Christmas time has historically been a particularly busy time for many businesses, and generates revenues to take them into the New Year.”

Mrs Rutherford-Ferguson added: “Greater revenues lead to job creation and sustainability, which can boost recovery efforts. It is important to make the connection between shopping locally, job creation and economic recovery, as every dollar spent locally impacts our economy in a positive way.