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Pan-American Life Insurance Group (PALIG), has launched the PALIG Cares Safe Return Initiative, a programme supporting small businesses throughout the Caribbean, to create a safe environment for employees and customers as they reopen for business during COVID-19.

In partnership with The American Chamber of Commerce of T&T (AMCHAM TT) and the Rotary Club, the programme provides businesses with a re-entry package including personal protective equipment (PPE) such as hand sanitisers, masks, gloves, directional signage for social distancing requirements and other safety signage.

“Small businesses have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. As many regions move into the stabilisation phase, PPE will be vital to their recovery.

“PALIG Cares Safe Return Initiative is a testament to the power of collaboration and our commitment to the safety and well-being of the communities we serve,”Greer Quan, CEO-Caribbean at PALIG said.

The company noted that working with AMCHAM TT and rotary clubs in Barbados, St Vincent, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, PALIG has identified small businesses with up to 25 employees that have been impacted by COVID-19.

The PALIG Cares re-entry packages will help 150 small businesses in T&T, St Kitts, Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent, Dominica, Grenada and Barbados comply with the safety measures outlined by the health ministries and local government authorities to facilitate the safe re-opening of their businesses.