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News Report: Some local businesses still disadvantaged, laments Chamber

As businesses throughout the capital prepare to reopen next week Monday, the business community stated it was relieved another lockdown was not announced, however, one community advocate said many businesses will remain disadvantaged despite relaxed restrictions.

Following Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis’ announcement that commerce could resume for businesses able to provide curbside services, delivery services and outdoor dining, Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation (BCCEC) Chair Khrystle Rutherford-Ferguson said yesterday the measures are “a good start for the business community”.

“Allowing businesses that have been closed – predominantly in the retail and restaurant sectors – the ability to offer contactless services through delivery and curbside pickup, is progress. However, we acknowledge that many of our members not able to offer delivery and curbside pickup due to the nature of the goods and services they offer will not be permitted to open,” she told Guardian Business.

“Therefore, we look forward to a full resumption of commercial activity, while adhering to the COVID-19 health and sector-specific protocols, many of which have been developed in collaboration with the BCCEC.”

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