Street Vendors Free To Resume Operations On June 1- Officials

A section of Market Street popular for street vending

Vendors who sell on streets will be free to recommence their trade from June 1, 2020, the government has said.

However, the Cabinet decided last week that there to be no selling on the beaches, since those who go to beaches for therapeutic reasons are not to linger, or cluster, or play music or bring food or hold picnics on the beach.

Street vending came to a halt in March as the country instituted a lock down to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vendors must obtain a license from the SJDC to sell on the streets but this is likely to be strictly regulated so allow for social distancing and other measures related to the coronavirus.

It is not clear whether any licences have been granted for the resumption of street vending.


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  1. Not a good idea! I was at the market on Saturday last and what I witnessed sent me back home in a hurry. A total disregard for the potocols mandated by Covid-19! Sure there were masks worn with varying degrees of effectiveness, but social distancing? Not visible! Hawkers hawking, customers huddled in groups trying to get a bargain. The area jam packed. Street vendors should be assigned spaces up at the East Bus Station for example where there is an open, more spacious environment where shoppers would not have to have other people breathing down their necks, in their faces…. Not a good idea!!!

  2. i saw the same thing at the beach today a car crew gathered around with no mask and everyone was close together conversing and to my surprise a police truck passed me on the road so they must have seen this gathering. Im referring to that beach opposite old road primary school. Its all talks no action. Pple are still gathering by a bar on willikies main road no masks, nothing i guess the police pick and choose who they want to deal with harshly

  3. All the illegal Jamaican’s and DR’s will be out in full force, creating havoc on our community once again via loud music, drug dealing, and other unsavory activity.

    Can the government please regulate this weirdos street selling hawking activity ASAP? It scares away our tourists, and it also scares away my dog (my dog is tough, but even it can’t handle these loud wild people).

    The real citizens of Antigua (including our beloved CIP citizens) are smart, educated and talk properly, but these folks doing this street vending hawking and rip-off activity make our country look bad.

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