Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Ras Ipa’’ Hints At ‘Civil Disobedience’ By Vendors Over COVID-19 Protocols

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Peter ‘Ras Ipa’ Isaac has hinted at civil disobedience by vendors over new COVID-19 protocols.

The Vendors Association President was responding to adjustments announced by the Castries Constituency Council (CCC).

Among the adjustments is a system of vendor rotation at the Castries Provisions Market.

But the Vendors Association President said vendors are against the idea.

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“A lot of civil disobedience will happen,” Isaac declared.

He said vendors will have to go elsewhere to sell their goods.

Isaac explained that the authorities took the decision without consulting vendors.

But he said he was not questioning the right of the authorities to implement measures to deal with COVID-19.

Nevertheless, Isaac contended that no one group has all the ideas.

According to the Vendors Association President, these are hard times.

Isaac explained that there are a number of empty booths at the market.

“So the whole thing about it is to try to create some distance,” he declared.

“Take out some of these stalls that are not in use and ty to find a way to open out,” Isaac advised.

He felt in that way, there will be enough physical distancing.

Isaac stated that the goods the vendors sell are perishable.

The CCC says a number of measures will be in force from Friday, January 22 to February 1, 2021.

These are in addition to rotation at the Provisions Market.

The CCC will not allow individuals to sell produce outside the market.

Farmers who sell produce from their vehicles will  also be affected.

They will now operate at the site of the former Fire Service Headquarters on Jeremie Street, Castries.

The CCC also says it is suspending the Saturday flea market until further notice.

It is also  banning vendors from selling produce on Sundays on Jeremie Street.

“These measures are necessary to ensure the safety of all,” a CCC statement said.

The CCC will do all that is possible to assist vendors to maintain their livelihood, according to the statement.



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