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Supermarket Association President Rajiv Diptee.

The Supermarket Association of Trinidad and Tobago (SATT) said yesterday that it does not support the recommendation that curfew hours should be changed from the hours of 9 pm to 5 am, to 6 pm to 6 am and has distanced itself from that call.

“In the current situation, where curfew begins at 9 pm, the closing time of supermarkets range from 2 to 3 hours before the start of the curfew, this in order to ensure the staff arrive home in a timely manner and to organise for the next day,” SATT president Rajiv Diptee said in a statement issued by the association yesterday.

Diptee said Minister in the Ministry of the Prime Minister Stuart Young “was quite correct when he stated that if the proposed extension starts at 6 pm, supermarkets would have to close at 4 pm and in some cases even earlier.”

He said, “An earlier closing time would only mean that customers would have less shopping hours, which would result in increased gathering in the supermarkets, which SATT is vehemently against and has been working assiduously to increase current preventative measures for both staff and customers.”

Diptee said that SATT also does not support a system whereby shoppers are allocated shopping dates by surname, as this will create a logistical nightmare.

He said, however, the association will work with the Government to combat vaccine hesitancy.