Entertainment, service sectors severely hit by all-island blackout
The Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise (MSME) Alliance says its members in the entertainment and service sectors were severely affected by Saturday’s all-island power outage.
The Jamaica Public Service (JPS) says the outage which lasted for several hours, was caused by a procedural error which worsened because its protection mechanism failed and so all of its power units went offline at the same time.
According to president of the MSME Alliance, Donovan Wignal, a number of party promoters, events coordinating companies, beauticians and restaurateurs suffered losses during the blackout as Saturdays are usually their busiest business days.
Wignal says dressmakers and small merchants who were supplying items for the upcoming school year were also affected.
In addition, he says he has received one report from a business owner whose equipment was damaged during the outage.
Wignal says the MSME Alliance is expecting businesses to complete their estimates of the losses in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, officials of the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) are expected to meet with representatives of the Jamaica Public Service Company Limited this afternoon to discuss Saturday’s all-island power outage.
The JPS was expected to submit a preliminary report yesterday outlining the specifics of the outage.
The company says it is taking steps to ensure the incident doesn't recur.