Thursday, April 25, 2024

Still no national closure policy

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ALMOST SIX months after the passage of Tropical Storm Matthew, the Department of Emergency Management (DEM) and members of the Social Partnership are still locked in talks about a protocol for businesses in the event of a national shutdown.

This has been revealed by DEM director Kerry Hinds as the DEM and a number of stakeholder organisations launched Earthquake And Tsunami Smart Month at the DEM’s Warrens headquarters yesterday.

Back in September 2016, during the passage of Tropical Storm Matthew, the department instituted an islandwide 48-hour shutdown, urging all businesses except essential services to remain closed.

However, businesses like Carlton and A1 Supermarket, Lemongrass Restaurant, and Minister of Housing Denis Kellman’s Moontown opened before the all-clear had been given. (HLE)

Please read the full story in today’s Saturday Sun, or in the eNATION edition.

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