THE Tobago Hotel and Tourism Association (THTA) says it has received numerous phone calls from people claiming workers sent home during the lockdown on non-essential activity have received no payment from Government.
"The tourism industry in Tobago needs urgent attention, it cannot survive without government intervention," the association's president Chris James said on Saturday in a statement.
James said while the association understands and supports the Government's caution in not wishing to see a spike in virus infections, it is gravely concerned about the "survival of businesses in Tobago as well as the welfare of workers who have been laid off."
The statement was issued after the Prime Minister's news conference at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann's. The briefing was held to update the country on the status of the covid19 pandemic.
Dr Rowley, who said TT had fared well so far in its handling of the pandemic, announced several adjustments to the measures implemented to contain the spread of the virus. The restrictions will be relaxed on a phased basis over the next six weeks.
For example, restaurants and food establishments reopened on Monday but there no dining in will be allowed.
Hardware stores can now open from 8 am-4pm and groceries and supermarkets from 8 am- 6pm. Pharmacies will be allowed to open from 8 am-6pm.
The PM said depending on the level of containment, the manufacturing sector and public-sector construction activity are likely to resume towards the end of the month.
The country's borders aren't likely to be reopened before the end of June.