Dr. McNeill is asking for a waiver on rental fees of in all craft markets across the island, a waiver on all tourism related fees for the industry’s transport sector and an easing of fees on parking locations such as airports and cruise ports.
The Opposition Spokesman is urging the government to quickly outline to the country how it will be treating with displaced tourism workers, not just those in hotels but smaller establishments including guest houses, restaurants and even cook shops.
“In areas like Negril, where the corner shops and jerk chicken vendors are a part of the tourism product, I am concerned that these most vulnerable stakeholders may not be considered, and they too will be suffering considerably from this unprecedented shutdown of the industry,” Dr McNeill said.
He is also urging the government to consider the entertainment industry which has come to a complete halt as we try to keep our citizens safe through best practices such as social distancing and quarantines.
“The next couple of weeks, if not months, will be difficult for all of us, but let us ensure that the economic relief is far-reaching and includes those least likely to survive without government intervention,” Dr McNeill concluded.
In the meantime, People’s National Party (PNP) Shadow Minister of National Security Fitz Jackson wants the security forces to be supplied with appropriate apparatus to protect their health as they interact with the public in light of the spreading coronavirus.
“While everyone is grappling with the challenges of the COVID-19, all our first responders must be given priority in the provisions of safety gears and supplies as they work to protect us all. It has come to my attention that several members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force are not being provided with necessary hand sanitizers, masks and gloves while they carry out their duties.” Mr. Jackson said.
He said ideally, the police should be outfitted to face persons who may be carriers of the dreaded COVID-19, but at least they must have the basic necessities to do their jobs.
Mr. Jackson said this situation must be immediately addressed as the crime crisis continues unabated and security personnel cannot work from home.
“The police must be able to go about their daily duties without concern for their personal health, while they seek to enforce the restrictions being put in place to contain the spread of the coronavirus.”
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