Jade Monkey Ltd recently donated 48 hampers to its staff to help them through the second lockdown period.Bars and casinos have been negatively affected by the covid19 pandemic since March as measures to control the spread of the virus has crippled both industries.
Travel between Trinidad and Tobago has also been limited to essential only and with over 2,100 active cases and 53 deaths to date, a return to normalcy for both industries does not appear to be on the horizon.
Last Saturday, the Prime Minister announced covid19 restrictions will remain in place for another 28 days.
Casinos remain closed while bars have been given permission to operate but with strict conditions. Customers can purchase drinks and leave but there must be no consuming of drinks or congregating in the establishment.
In an interview with Newsday on Sunday, Jade Monkey's manager Nickesha Nottingham said," We realised many of our staff didn't get any (relief) grant. We figured we could so something to help out."
Nottingham said grocery hampers were given to staff initially and then a week before the new school term, back-to-school hampers were distributed.
"We know everybody is trying to get laptops so we tried to provide stationery items so they won't have to worry about that."