Jamaica: Bars ‘crippled’ by new 6pm closing time

Bar owners say their businesses have been dealt a crippling blow by the new 6pm closing time imposed on their operations as part of the latest measures by Government to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The measure will see bars critically losing out on after-work drinkers, who operators say account for up to 80 per cent of sales.

“Business picks up after work and that’s when the curfew starts… 80 per cent of the sales take place when the bar curfew starts. And there are still bills to be paid and family to feed,” Hyacinth Grant, the owner of Tita’s Hotspot off Windward Road in Kingston, told Loop News.

Antoinette Bailey, who owns a small bar in Old Harbour, St Catherine, said her business had already been struggling under the curfews, and now faces an uncertain future.


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