SANTO DOMINGO.-Despite the fact that this Wednesday the reopening of economic activities has been scheduled, the businessmen still do not have an official protocol, but rather the draft that they presented to the Government in the past few days.
However, different business associations say they are ready for the reopening of their businesses, detailing that they have already invested in the acquisition of security materials to avoid the spread of covid-19 in work facilities.
According to Leonel Castellano, from the National Association of Companies and Industries Herrera (ANEIH), companies that have a basic protocol are now waiting for the protocol to be made available by the Government, which they hope will be released this Monday.
Castellano said that they have already acquired equipment, security for the staff such as gloves and masks, a hygiene dispenser to start work this Wednesday.
He argued that companies must have the guarantee that workers are healthy, so from the first day of work, guidance should be started for workers on disease prevention and diagnostic evaluation of the virus.
The business community is willing to contribute to the health of its workers, which we do not know how much evidence the government will have at its disposal to carry out these analyzes, the businessman said, noting that if necessary, the businessmen will take part of these tests, but the Government must go to the aid of companies that cannot carry them out.
On the other hand, he showed concern about the means of transport in which employees move, since this can be a means of contagion.
“Transportation is still a vulnerable space, companies must have guarantees that employees are healthy,” he said.
The results of this stage of reopening will depend on the commitment of a sanitary nature and raising awareness of the responsibility to avoid a collapse of the sanitary system.
In this sense, Issachart Burgos, former president of the Dominican Confederation of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (Codopyme) proposed that the Government should initiate a program of facilitation of disinfectant masks, gloves and gel for small businesses and informal commerce, since that It would avoid a spike in infections and also the easy access of companies to materials for the prevention of the disease, since investment in the same tends to be high.
“In a week, employees consume about 1,000 pesos of masks,” said Burgos, noting that even so, this sector is ready for reopening with protective equipment.
On his side, Alcenio García, former president of the Dominican Association of Hardware Stores (Asodefe) expressed that they have already applied a security protocol with a 2 meter distance signal between clients within hardware stores, delivered masks to employees and oriented on how to offer customer service while maintaining social distance.
— Dilenni Bonilla to eldia.com.do