Reports coming out of the Office of the Premier are that some unauthorised businesses recommenced operations during the opening day of government’s relaxed curfew on Monday.
Responding to reports in a subsequent statement later that evening, the Premier made it clear that he will not be standing for such actions from any business.
“Although official announcements were made and communication sent out, we have heard about persons, albeit the minority, not wearing masks and businesses that are not on the Cabinet-approved list opening today,” Fahie stated.
“Let me state clearly here again that businesses and individuals will be held to account if they are caught breaching the orders,” he added.
Customers in danger in unauthorised businesses
The Premier warned persons to be aware of these unauthorised establishments as they stand to risk the health of others by their decision to reopen without approval.
“It is important to note that businesses on the approved list have gone through a process of being certified by the Environmental Health Division for receiving customers,” Fahie stated.
“The businesses that are not on the Cabinet-approved list would not have gone through the certification process. Those unauthorised businesses were not inspected and approved by the Health and Social Distancing Task Force to ensure that all the necessary measures for protecting your safety are in place,” he further explained while instructing residents not to support these businesses.
“The rule is simple … no approval to operate, no service,” Fahie said.
Disobeying rules will reverse progress
The Premier also warned that business who disobey the laws can cause a reversal of the progress made by in the last 28 days in combating COVID-19.
He said once the laws are adhered to, the territory would continue on the path of having its borders fully reopened and ready for business according to plan.
“The rules and protocols that have informed our reopening strategy were devised by the local and international professionals in the public health field, working with scientific data and research. These rules and protocol are designed to keep us moving forward towards the eventual full reopening of the economy,” the Premier stated.
If such actions by businesses continue, the leader of government business said he will be forced to re-institute the 24-hour lockdown or implement hard measures, where necessary.
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