THE EDITOR: I refer to a recent announcement by Angostura that their profits from the sale of alcohol increased significantly in 2020. People drank more alcohol in 2020 than ever before. So what was achieved by closing bars and forcing many out of business or pushing them close to bankruptcy?
The dangers of alcohol consumption are well documented. Ironically, closing bars led to increased consumption, and hence more damage from it, not less.
It might have prevented the spread of covid19, you say. By that I take it you mean we might have had more positive tests from a very flawed PCR test. Perhaps, but that's hardly important.
Based on all the statistics we've had, not a single covid19 death can be attributed to "mass gatherings" or "congregations." So what did we achieve with all the restrictions on bars?
For one thing, more consumption meant more alcohol damage. So it didn't affect those dying from alcohol. However, it was very destructive to those making a living off alcohol sales.
Let's not be hypocritical. We praise and give awards to Angostura for its alcohol sales, yet we punish the small man for trying to do the same?
It's time Prime Minister Dr Rowley understands that bar restrictions have not solved any problem. On the contrary, it has created more hardship for more people than covid19 ever could.
And while I don't patronise bars myself, those who do should be allowed to fraternise and destress from life's tribulations they way they know best. I support the call from the Bar Owners Association that bars should be allowed to resume normal operations.