Chaguanas Travel Agent, Rajive Dipnarinesingh, reports that for the last two weeks, his 30-year-old operation has been bombarded with calls for cancellations.

Dipnarinesingh told Guardian Media that the travel situation was so bad that people had even cancelled flights to Tobago.

He warns that unless governments defers the payments of rates and taxes, many businesses will fold-up.

And Dipchand Persad, CEO of Passage to Asia, the largest Restaurant in Chaguanas and Central Trinidad, said he has had to let go most of his 80-plus staff members without pay.

Persad said the wage bill is simply too high to maintain without any income coming in.

He told Guardian Media he is exploring the possibility of a take away service, however, he said this too may be very unprofitable, since his utility bills are high. He said electricity alone costs around $20,000 a month with an additional cost for $15,000 a month for water, phones and internet.

Dipchand Persad said in addition, he has to pay an exorbitant rent for a branch of his restaurant that is located on Aripita Avenue, Port of Spain.

He, too, warns that unless taxes and rates are deferred, his operation may just come to a crashing halt.

Meanwhile, a caterer employed with the School Feeding Programme said she would be happy if the government could lend some food support to students who get school feeding lunches.

The caterer said her employees are employed on a day-by-day basis and would welcome the extra work.