Finance Minister Colm Imbert

One day after the union representing casino, members clubs and lottery workers lamented that 2,500 workers have been without any source of income for over two months, the Minister of Finance Colm Imbert has indicated that they will be allowed to apply for the Salary Relief Grants.

Taking to his Twitter page yesterday, Minister Imbert said, “We are adjusting the qualifying date for May 2021 SRGs to April 29th as the date on which Notice was given of Suspension/Loss of Employment, with Loss of Employment effective from April 30th. This will allow employees of bars, restaurants, Casinos etc to qualify for the May SRG.”

He added, “Legal Notice No. 121, dated April 29, 2021, effective April 30, 2021 lists the affected entities, such as pre-schools ECCEs, day-care centres, water parks, amusement parks, bars, restaurants, street vending, clubs, dancehalls, theatres, gaming houses, betting offices, gyms etc…”

The Union of Member Clubs and Lottery workers told Guardian Media that many of their members, mainly single mothers, are facing the toughest time since the closure of casinos, members club and lottery operators in April and in May as part of the measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.