Michael Lecky, President of the Small Business Association of Jamaica (SBAJ)
Small business operators have expressed relief at news that no-movement days have been discontinued and weekday curfews will be reduced by an hour.
Michael Lecky, President of the Small Business Association of Jamaica (SBAJ), says the changes will help boost commerce.
"In the beginning, we have always said it, that we need longer hours in order to do more business. As everyone knows, small businesses, our profit margins are pretty low so we need to always have our doors open and the longer opening hours is really a good thing and we welcome the move by the Prime Minister," Mr. Lecky asserted.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Wednesday told the House of Representatives that the weekday curfew will now be 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
However, Sundays as well as National Heroes Day will be no-movement days.
The new curfew will begin this Saturday and expire on October 28.