Mobay Chamber President Welcomes Extended Business Hours Under SOE
extended business hours under SOE
The Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce has expressed appreciation for the compromising operating hours under the state of emergency, which will allow businesses in the second city to benefit from the expected spike in customers over the holidays.
Chamber President Winston Lawson said the business community is looking forward to a good season.
He added that the business sector in Montego Bay is concerned about the impending end of the state of emergency come next month.
He urged the political directorate to grant the request of the security forces to have the measures continued.
As per the order signed by the minister, places that operate under a tavern license will open at 9:00 a.m. and close at midnight, from Sunday to Thursday, while on weekends they can operate from 9:00 a. m. 2:00 a. m. the following day.
For other public places – except a tourism enterprise – the new operating hours are from 9:00 a. m. to midnight on Sunday through to Thursday, while on weekends they open at 7:00 a. m. then close at 2: a. m. the following day.
As of January 3, businesses are expected to revert to the original operating hours of 7: 00 a. m. to 10: 00 p. m.