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MoBay Chamber wants relaxed opening hours

Published:Wednesday | May 1, 2019 | 12:14 AM


The Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) has welcomed the state of public emergency (SOE) imposed in the parish even as it calls for leniency with business opening hours.

“Our primary concern is that lives are not lost, and we are always prepared to make the sacrifice. But we want to hope that some consideration can be given as to how we can find some common ground in terms of the opening hours for our businesses,” MBCCI President Winston Lawson, who was recently re-elected for a second term, said as he reacted to the news yesterday.

“The scourge of crime was upon us again, so we welcome the move, and we think it is something that will immediately address the haemorrhaging that we saw.”

Lawson said that MBCCI members have been urged to use their resources in aiding the fight against crime in St James.

“We want what is best for not only our members, but for the parish. We heard the cries from the residential community, and we called on our members in the business community to assist in the effort. We spoke about those who have security cameras joining on the JamaicaEye programme to fight this monster because no one can sustainably prosper under criminality,” said Lawson.

Christopher Thomas