The country’s manufacturers believe that current safety protocols among essential services prove that all parts of the sector are ready and able to come back out to work.
In a release on Thursday, the TT Manufacturers’ Association said the performance of the 273 manufacturers classified as essential services should be enough to confirm that the “robust guidelines and protocols that the sector has put in place…are working, and working well.”
These protocols include hygiene control, shuttles for staff where possible to minimise use of public transport, no external visitors to factories, working from home, and shift systems incorporating social distancing, proper protective wear and additional training.
To date there has been no known case of covid19 spread in a factory setting in TT, the association said.
The TTMA is therefore advocating that its remaining members (and other manufacturers) be allowed to open and operate – especially given that they are bound by the same guidelines and protocols under which the essential businesses have been operating.
“The TTMA believes that the litmus test undertaken by operating manufacturers supports the call for a reconsideration of the scheduled date and an immediate reopening of the sector.” TTMA president Franka Costelloe said in the release that there was no solid rationale for sustaining the closure or for denying manufacturers the opportunity to go back to work and to put their people back into employment.