After months of public health restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, bar owners are grateful to resume full service.
As of today, the consumption of alcohol in establishments operating in the security zone is authorized.
Satesh Moonesar, President of the Association of Bartenders and Operators of Trinidad and Tobago said Loop news the move is welcome.
He said so far there have been no reports of problems with the resumption of alcohol consumption at the scene.
As for collective sentiment in the industry, Moonesar said it was a relief.
“It is a relief for us to be able to open and share a bottle as it is something that we have not been able to do since August 2020. It is a step in the right direction but unfortunately as a safe area , only those who are fully vaccinated can benefit. this. Hope we can get out of it soon [pandemic] and we can all have a drink together, ”he said.
In terms of complying with the safe zone initiative and COVID-19 rules, the BOATT president has said he does not want to see the industry endure another shutdown.
He urged authorities to deal with those who flaunt public health measures.
“In most cases, we see compliance. Yes, there are one or two that will try to operate outside the rules, but we are arguing for enforcement. We don’t want a repeat of what happened before with the industry shutting down because of a few choosing not to follow the rules.
It was a Peter payout situation for Paul but we are of the opinion that we want to keep running so we want the authorities to deal with the rogue elements.