As the Government of Grenada seeks to ease back the country’s economic normalcy, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell has declared that “effective, Monday, May 11, 2020, every day will be a designated business day”.
Last week Sunday night, while addressing the nation, he said the move forms part of the Cabinet’s efforts to balance the competing priorities that Government faces at this time. The Government will, however, continue to monitor and manage the impact and risks of the coronavirus pandemic
Following the address, a release from the Office of the Prime Minister explained that businesses that received permission to operate since the Caribbean country entered a lockdown can now operate every day of the week. Furthermore, businesses may can choose the days and hours of operation but must stay within the stipulated business hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
The release also noted that the National COVID-19 Committee has continued to assess the protocols for various sectors and are adding businesses incrementally to the list of those allowed to operate.
“Government is working with stakeholders to develop appropriate physical distancing and hygienic measures that will guide the resumption of [public transport] service.”— Prime Minister of Grenada Dr Keith Mitchell
“The sectors resuming operations this (last) week include construction, real estate services, laundromats, landscapers and gardeners, flower shops, hire purchase stores and companies offering payday loans,” the Office of the Prime Minister stated.
The Government has also approved specific procedures for the resumption of work in the construction industry, which were to be outlined in a separate correspondence from the Ministry of Infrastructure Development. However, “health and safety guidelines have been created and the contractor for each project must seek and be granted permission before actual work resumes”, Dr Mitchell explained during his address.
He added that his Government had not granted buses approval to resume transporting the public. However, he told the nation, “Government is working with stakeholders to develop appropriate physical distancing and hygienic measures that will guide the resumption of this service. An official announcement on this, will be made in the coming days.”
In the meantime, Mitchell granted approval for ferry services to reopen last week, between mainland Grenada and Carriacou and Petite Martinique.