GCCI writes COVID-19 task force concerning APNU+AFC protestors


The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCC) has written to Moses Nagamootoo, Chairman of the National COVID-19 Task Force (NCTF), raising concerns about the gathering of persons near the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and State House.

The GCCI pointed to a situation on July 13, 2020, when persons gathered closely together in large groups and in non-adherence to public health precautions.

The Chamber said these actions are dangerous to both public health and potentially threatening on the well-being of citizenry of Guyana.

For several weeks, supporters of the APNU+AFC have been visiting the GECOM headquarters at Main and Cowan Streets, Georgetown when the Commission has meetings.

The COVID-19 restrictions prohibit large gatherings. It also states that persons are required to wear masks when in public and adhere to social distancing when out of their homes.

The crowd of supporters with placards have not been wearing masks.

The GCCI in its letter dated July 13 requested that the task force put systems in place to manage the crowds in keeping with social distancing guidelines.

“In this regard, we would like to request, of your good guidance, the measures which are being taken to handle these crowds which are now becoming more consistent, as well as the plan by the [NCTF] to ensure compliance with the emergency measures,” the GCCI letter stated.

The letter was signed by GCCI’s Executive Director Richard Rambarran.

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