By Demion McTair. Updated 7:59 a.m., Monday, 20 April 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4)
Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – The Vincentian Transportation Association – VINTAS said today that its members will resume their services to the public today, April 20.
The move comes after an agreement was reached with the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines at an April 17 meeting at Cabinet Room where sustained effect of Covid-19 on the omnibus industry was discussed.
VINTAS said it also held a meeting on Monday, April 20 “to evaluate commitments made by the government” and “agreed that under circumstances, service to the general public should resume”.
The organization, in a release today (April 20) outlined five (5) things the parties agreed on. They include that “the Government will review the request from VINTAS to implement a Covid-19 public transportation policy on the wearing of masks during the use of public transportation.
The other four areas included “the EC $750,000 approved in the supplementary budget for the omnibus sector will be distributed based on the number of registrants and, the registration of omnibus will continue up until Wednesday, April 22 at the Arnos [Vale] Airport parking lot and Victoria Park road”.
“The government will review in two (2) weeks’ time, the request for the increase in capacity for the various sizes of omnibus” and, “sanitization process will continue and [sic] both bus terminals until further notice” – were the other agreed points.
See official release: