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Jamaica: Downtown Kgn Vendors Forecast Bleak Christmas

Vendors in the busy downtown Kingston commercial district are on edge as the Government ponders whether or not to relax COVID-19 restrictions for the festive season. While some want more breathing room to operate and rake in earnings in a year characterised by low sales, others believe the restrictions are a necessary sacrifice to guard public health.

Yesterday, Orange Street, Princess Street, Beckford Street and other shopping areas were teeming with vendors and beauticians trying to woo potential customers.

Nastassia Findley, a cosmetologist on Princess Street, was up in arms about the decision by the Urban Development Corporation to cancel the annual Fireworks on the Waterfront New Year’s Eve event.

“We down here carry it here as our history with us. All different nation sit down and wait pan our fireworks and you waa tek weh history?” she asked.

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