August 19, 2020
The Private Sector Commission (PSC) continues in its efforts to collaborate with all stakeholders in the national fight against COVID-19.
The PSC appeals to all citizens and businesses to strictly adhere to the safety guidelines set out by the official healthcare institutions and the Ministry of Health regarding efforts to check the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus.
We wish to remind all that these guidelines include the vital practices of observing social distancing protocols, properly washing of hands and/or sanitizing, and the use of face masks appropriately.
The guidelines are clear, however, if more clarity is needed, businesses are urged to seek same from the Private Sector Commission as the Government of Guyana through H.E. President Mohamed Irfaan Ally has directed that the PSC is represented at the Governmental level of the Policy Group and the Co-ordinating Committee for the fight against COVID-19.
The Private Sector Commission is working on the basis that the H.E. President Irfaan Ally has asked for all protocols regarding the operation of Businesses. The PSC has submitted same and continue to so do in various sectors of economic activity. For those businesses that are disappointed at the non-reopening so far, we urge your patience as protocols are reviewed by the technical team of Doctors.
The Private Sector Commission urges strict compliance with the COVID-19 guidelines and curfew directives set out in the Official Gazette. The PSC expects that the Guyana Police Force will take all the necessary steps to enforce the wearing of face mask in public places and strict observation of the curfew requirements, but the public can make it easier for the Police Force by compliance to same.
More stringent measures are being enforced at the borders under the guidance of the Co-ordinating Committee headed by the Prime Minister H.E. Brigadier Mark Phillips.
We support the Prime Minister and the Minister of Health in their efforts at enforcement of COVID-19 protocols by the business community both in their individual companies and for the introduction of a regime of inspection to ensure compliance.
We also urge all businesses to give priority to our frontline Health workers entering your businesses or requiring our services. These persons deserve the best from all of society as they risk their lives daily to save ours.
The Private Sector Commission remains highly cognizant of the health and safety of all citizens and urges all to continue maintaining precautionary measures and safety practices to prevent further transmission and expansion of the virus.