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Jamaica: Gov’t to launch E-commerce platform for businesses during curfew

Some businesses, including restaurants and delivery operators, are to be able to function after the curfew hours until midnight through the new E-commerce National Delivery System (ENDS).

Limited testing of the service has started, and there is a plan to launch it as a pilot in Portmore by Friday, March 26, according to Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

Speaking at a virtual coronavirus (COVID-19) press conference on Sunday, Holness indicated that the system was developed through a joint effort between a Cabinet sub-committee and the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), to allow the quick serve industry to continue for longer hours within the curfew.

“I want to emphasise that the system will be fully inclusive and enable the smallest vendors, like your favourite pan chicken vendors and fried fish vendors, to participate,” he pointed out.

However, Holness warned that the system will not be a “free-for-all”, further emphasising that it will be gradually implemented.

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