Vendors at the Grenville Market Square and Grenville Vendors Mall in St Andrew are calling on the Government of Grenada to assure them that they are considered in the COVID-19 stimulus package.
The vendors, like everyone else, are deeply affected by the lockdown as a result of COVID-19 now having a crippling effect on the population,
They say many of them are unable to continue their trade to obtain an income for the livelihood of their families because of the measures stipulated under the act, such as social distancing and 24-hour curfew. Additionally, the access periodically granted for people to visit other businesses such as grocery outlets doesn’t apply to them, as their business is mainly clothing and other non-essential items.
One vendor lamented, “since the start of the lockdown our businesses have been closed down and many of us owe our mortgage, rent, loans among other things.
However, now that we are not obtaining an income we were of the view that the stimulus package the government was putting forward to assist the vulnerable would have also applied to us but unfortunately, we were not mentioned. It seems that the package applies to hotels, taxi and passenger bus owners, bars and restaurants, tourist vendors etc.”