June 15, 2021

Chamber of Commerce Calls for Easing of Restriction on Trading Hours – See more at: http://www.premiermedia.sl/content/chamber-commerce-calls-easing-restriction-trading-hours#sthash.gEVRkeyz.dpuf

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Sierra Leone Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture has called on government to ease restriction on trading hours from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. from Monday to Saturday.
The trading restriction from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. was imposed last year by the government under the public health emergency regulations to break the chain of transmission of the Ebola virus disease.
In a letter dated 27 May 2015, addressed to President Ernest Bai Koroma, the organisation said, “As the Ebola virus disease (EVD) is at its waning stages, Chamber wishes to solicit your consideration in easing the restriction on close of trading hours from 6.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. (Mondays to Saturdays); Sunday trading remains in force. A similar request was made to you earlier by other bodies.”
Chamber said, “We make this plea as the current restriction is having a devastating impact on the business activities of our members and traders in general.”
“This has impacted on the country’s economy as well. The working public is also affected as there is little time left for shopping between close of work and close of trading,” it said.
“Let me hasten to add that this request does not imply compromising the general health of the nation or risking a resurgence of the EVD. No doubt due consideration would have to be given to the professional advice of health personnel.”
The organisation expressed appreciation to President Koroma and his government as well as to individuals and bodies, nationally and internationally, whose interventions have contributed to the decline and near eradication of a virus that threatened the survival of our nation. The organisation said it was looking forward to the kind consideration of its request. – See more at: http://www.premiermedia.sl/content/chamber-commerce-calls-easing-restriction-trading-hours#sthash.gEVRkeyz.dpuf

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