Delta presents new concern for restaurateurs | New
Some restaurateurs are petrified of the potential effects the Delta variant of COVID-19 could have on their businesses.
The Department of Health and Welfare confirmed on Wednesday that of 40 samples tested for the virulent strain, 22 of them tested positive.
The Delta variant, which is said to be more severe than the original strain, prompted the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to advise people to wear a mask in indoor public places such as bars and restaurants, even if they are fully vaccinated.
In response to yesterday’s confirmation that the Delta variant has reached Jamaican shores, Blue Mahoe Estate Cafe owner Shaun Tomlinson said he was very concerned.
“The whole COVID situation has been real ups and downs for us. It’s a very bipolar time for us right now, in terms of just how to treat our customers and the new hours, so I can imagine that this new variant being present in Jamaica will cause new restrictions which will greatly affect business, ”said Tomlinson.
Domonic Chin-Sang, owner of the Offshore Seafood Lounge, located on Constant Spring Road in Kingston, said he had already assumed the Delta variant was there.
SOURCE OF CONCERN
“That’s another cause for concern, yes, but we just have to do what we have to do.”
“I don’t know what we’re going to do. It depends on what the government says, but other than that, restaurateurs just have to adapt and adapt in any way they can. If that’s the call of the government, we just have to work with. ”
Jamaica has registered 5,949 new cases of COVID-19 since the start of the month, with the total confirmed cases rising from 53,428 on August 1 to 59,377 on Tuesday. The number of active cases rose from 4,826 to 10,095 and deaths jumped by 139 during the same period.
Jamaican Medical Association President Dr Andrew Manning and Jamaican Medical Association President Dr Mindi Fitz-Henley have called for stronger measures to control the spread of the virus.
Current COVID-19 prevention measures require restaurants to be able to have up to 50% of their capacity at a time and must close one hour before the nighttime curfew, which begins at 7 p.m.