THE Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce is calling on all citizens to follow the stay-at-home order.
“The Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce strongly supports the initiatives of the Government to restrict all unnecessary movement at this time. We ask our businesses and the national community to stay at home unless absolutely necessary,” it stated in a media release on Sunday.
The list of essential services was done to ensure the safety, security and comfort of our citizens, it added.
The Chamber said citizens must act responsibly and co-operate in an effort to flatten the curve.
“As a small country, the risk can be detrimental if we do not adhere to the stay-at-home order. The heart-rending images and stories from other parts of the world that have not taken the appropriate action early enough is perhaps our greatest lesson. We do not want our nation to face these repercussions, it stated.
The Chamber said it has been in ongoing discussions with the Government to persuade them to waive port rent charges and demurrage in an effort to reduce the movement of people.
In a follow-up media release yesterday, Gabriel Faria, chief executive officer of the T&T Chamber, said the Ports of Port of Spain and Point Lisas have agreed to waive all port rent charges for the period 12.01 a.m. Monday to Wednesday, April 15,
All charges prior to Monday remain applicable.
This will help to reduce the unnecessary movement of people and also the costs which many businesses would not have had the resources to pay, Faria said.
We are in this together and together we will not only survive, but come out stronger, he added.